Thursday, July 31, 2008
Janis and Mitch Winehouse with Amy Winehouse
Waxwork image courtesy of Getty Images
Janis and Mitch Winehouse, the parents of Amy Winehouse, unveiled a wax figure of their troubled daughter on June 23rd 2008 at Madame Tussaud's in London.
A spokesperson for Madame Tussaud's states:
"She's a unique talent, an international icon and our guests have been very vocal about wanting us to include her here. She has had more requests than almost any other character. It's been phenomenal."
"They used real, ethically sourced human hair, threaded strand by strand into her wax head with a special instrument like a needle. They still needed to add a hairpiece and support."
Because the singer refused to appear for any sittings, it took the 20 sculptors and artists four and a half months to complete the work. Oil paints were used to create her skin tones and tattoos and her wig needed 50 per cent more hair than the usual waxworks.
Ms. Winehouse has publicly derided the waxwork, stating "'I thought you had to be dead almost before they made a waxwork of you" as well as calling the idea "crap".
Video Clip of Janis and Mitch Winehouse at the Madame Tussaud's courtesy of ITN
Here is a video clip of the unveiling via You Tube.