August 9, 2008
Madame Tussauds’ wax museum, which built its reputation on faithful depictions of celebrities from all walks of life, has indulged in a fantasy depiction of Grammy award-winning singer Amy
Crackhouse Winehouse. Their sanitized version of the blues singer, on display at the waxworks’ London location, bears little resemblance to the 24-year-old chanteuse, whose meteoric rise to stardom has been paralleled by an accompanying complete lack of interest in personal hygiene and health. Her parents, Janis and Mitch Winehouse, said they were “stunned” by this rendition of their diva daughter, shown in the eye-catching yellow dress she wore to the February 2007 BRIT music awards, where she was named Best British Female Artist.
Their amazement is understandable, given the fact that the emphysematous Mrs. Blake Fielder-Civil actually looks like this. Songstress Winehouse notably made headlines when she checked into a London clinic in June following her collapse at home. At the time, father Mitch Winehouse said that Winehouse had been diagnosed with early-stage emphysema and an irregular heartbeat from smoking crack cocaine and cigarettes. The beehived singer has also said she has problems with self harm (cutting herself), eating disorders and depression. Winehouse refused to pose for Madame Tussauds and reportedly stayed home in bed as her likeness was unveiled, saying: “I thought you had to be dead almost before they made a waxwork of you.” Well, yes, that’s true, Amy.
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