Everyone wants to know: who was the bearded woman on the Golden Globes red carpet? Meet Conchita Wurst — and here’s 5 facts about her!
Conchita Wurst turned heads at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 11 when she hit the red carpet, and it wasn’t just because of her beard. The internationally known drag queen made a fashion statement in her green velvet gown, and now HollywoodLife.com wants to introduce you to Conchita!
Conchita Wurst — 5 Things To Know About Her
As one of the first people to arrive on the star-studded red carpet outside of the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 11, Conchita was definitely a showstopper.
Although some couldn’t see past her beard, many agreed that she looked stunning in an incredible green velvet gown that revealed the nude-colored lingerie she was wearing underneath.
So, who is Conchita?
1.) Conchita Is A Drag Queen — NOT Transgender
Many people get this fact confused, because they assume that Conchita is a transgender woman. However, she’s not! She is the drag queen alter ego of a gay man named Tom Neuwirth.
2.) Conchita Gained Fame By Winning Eurovision’s Song Contest
In May 2014, Conchita entered the Eurovision Song Contest and blew viewers away when she belted out “Rise Like A Phoenix” for the show. When she won the contest later on, she gained international fame — and also became a gay icon to the LGBT community all over the world.
3.) Conchita Posed For Karl Lagerfeld
Yes, you read that correctly. Just four months after Conchita won the song contest, she had the honor of posing in her lingerie for famed fashion designer and photographer, Karl Lagerfeld. For the shoot, Conchita wore a black bodysuit with sexy lace panties and thigh-high stockings. She looked gorgeous!
4.) Conchita Kept The Beard For A Good Reason
Some seem to be confused by why Conchita has a beard, and rightfully so. Obviously the beard belongs to her male persona, Bob, but why not shave it off when becoming Conchita? “I want to show that you can achieve anything, that you can have a beautiful life with any kind of look, because the way you look isn’t the most important thing in life. It doesn’t matter.” Such a powerful statement.
5.) Conchita Was Invited To The Globes By A Journalist
Now, one thing everyone really wants to know is how and why was Conchita working the red carpet at the Golden Globes? It turns out that Austrain journalist Barbara Gasser, a member of the Globes jury, invited her! Conchita is from Austria originally.
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers — Do you think Conchita is both a fashion and gay icon? Comment below!
— Lauren Cox