Conchita Wurst: Bearded Lady Wins 2014 Eurovision Contest

Sun, May 11, 2014 1:20pm EDT by 11 Comments

Austria’s Conchita Wurst, otherwise known as the Bearded Lady, recently won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark. Click above to watch Conchita’s eye-popping performance.

Conchita Wurst’s performance of “Rise Like a Phoenix” on May 10 to win the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest shocked the world. The result promises to reinforce the tolerant tone the event has sought to strike in recent years for all of its contestants.

Conchita Wurst: Austrian Bearded Lady Wins 2014 Eurovision Song Contest

So who is the lady behind the beard? What we found out was that she is really a he.

 

Conchita’s onstage drag image was created by a 25-year-old singer named Thomas Neuwirth. For his performance, Thomas rocked a skin-tight glittery dress, long brown hair and a beard, reports The Wall Street Journal.

“This night is dedicated to everyone who believes in a future of peace and freedom — we are unity and we are unstoppable,” Conchita said, after her amazing, history-making victory.

The victory was the result of a gradual build up of support for the drag queen in the days before the final in Denmark. A polarizing figure, Conchita attracted a flood of respect for her views on gender and sexuality.

Conchita Wurst: Bearded Lady Wins Eurovision Song Contest 2014

However, the transgender diva also became the subject of criticism, including spiteful criticism from a prominent Russian politician known for holding anti-gay views.

At different times during the night anything “Russian” received boos from the crowd. Russia has left a bad taste in many people’s mouths because of their recent military actions in and around the Ukraine.

HollywoodLifers, what do you think of this strange bearded lady with such an amazing voice? Let us know what’s on your mind.

— Bryant Perkins

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