Having achieved international music stardom, it was only a matter of time before Rihanna joined the world’s wax hall of fame, Madame Tussauds. The Rude Boy singer’s wax body double was unveiled at the historic Washington museum Tuesday.
The wax figure sports Rihanna’s signature ˜do, a closely cropped brown cut with long blonde bangs flipped in a deep side part. Real-life Rihanna donated the double’s outfit: a black lace corset, pants, black silk heels and a fitted black jacket with a flashy gem-encrusted pin and a delicate tennis bracelet. The outfit was re-created from an ensemble the singer wore to French design house Balmain’s for Paris Fashion Week last October.
Rihanna wasn’t at the museum’s big reveal, but got a sneak peek of the figure last week and loved it: the singer Tweeted a photo of her kissing the body double and made it her Twitter picture.
In honour of their new addition, the museum tried out a promotion Tuesday morning in which the first 50 visitors to Madame Tussauds received a free umbrella if they mentioned the word umbrella. The promotion was so successful, the museum is continuing it until Sept. 30, but swapping the free umbrellas for a buy-one-get-one-free admission.
Rihanna’s hair-of-the-moment, a fire engine red wig, makes her almost unrecognizable in comparison to her double’s look. But in true Tussaud fashion, the facial/body resemblance is uncanny as always. Disturbia, indeed.