Family affair as Winehouse waxwork unveiled

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A waxwork of Amy Winehouse was unveiled by her parents today, the petite figure towering almost 6ft tall in killer heels and a huge beehive.

Mitch and Janis Winehouse launched the Madame Tussauds work in the Music Zone of the venue popular with tourists.

The model of the Grammy Award-winning Back to Black singer wore the same outfit that her real-life inspiration wore to the Brits - a thigh-skimming mini dress teamed with black high heels and huge red hooped earrings.

Madame Tussauds said it was the first time the London attraction had immortalised the vocalist.

The 3ins beehive and 5ins heels made the figure, complete with signature black eyeliner, just under 6ft tall.

The singer's parents, who were at the venue with other family members, were full of praise for the waxwork, which joins other A-list names such as Madonna and Justin Timberlake.

Mitch said he was "stunned" at the "incredible" likeness to his daughter.

He said: "That's exactly how she looked at the Brits...

"It's brilliant."

Mitch said his daughter was in the middle of working at the moment but would go to see the waxwork in the next week or two, when she would be "as blown away as we are".

He thanked Madame Tussauds for "rising above the general hype, the bad publicity about Amy.

"This is the reward for her musical achievements and her talent.

"As a family we are incredibly grateful to Madame Tussauds."

He said many fans had asked for a figure of her to be included at the venue, commenting: "That's just wonderful."

Asked if she was a good role model to have at Madame Tussauds, Mitch replied:

"Ask me that in a year's time when she's recovered from all of her problems.

He said then she would be a "fantastic role model".

Asked if the figure was too thin, Mitch said Winehouse had put on about one and-a-half stone in weight since it was modelled on her, joking she now weighed "about 15 stone now".

Asked how long it took Winehouse to style her beehive, Mitch said: "Four hours."

Janis said of the figure: "It's lovely, it's unbelievable, it's superb."

The figure captures Winehouse frozen in full song, complete with her tattoos - from the winged ankh on her back to lightning bolt, horseshoe, song bird, pin-up girls and "Blake's pocket" above her left breast.

Winehouse has told how she wants at least five children with her jailed husband, Blake Fielder-Civil.

Fielder-Civil was sentenced to 27 months in prison at London's Snaresbrook Crown Court on Monday for trying to cover up an attack on a publican.

In an interview published in OK! magazine, Winehouse said previously: "I want at least five kids. I want twins.

"Blake is gonna be the most amazing dad."