She’s fabulous and stylish with Kim Kardashian looks and the pipes to match. She also has a beard. Meet Conchita Wurst, an Austrian cross-dressing star on the European singing TV show Eurovision.
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Wurst, whose real name is Thomas Neuwirth, has been a polarizing figure in this year’s contest. Case in point: Russia, where 16,000 people have signed a petition to ban the program because of Wurst’s participation. “This is a breaking point, and the future of our children depends on us,” writes Mikhail Tsvetkov, the petition’s author and the head of a parents group in Tver, a city in northern Moscow.
“As parents we must stop the insanity of the decaying West and protect our home from sodomy!” No stranger to controversy, Wurst has taken the criticism in stride. She spoke to Vocativ about beards, love and the difficulty of wearing a corset.
Tell me how Conchita Wurst was born?
Being a teenager is a very tough time.
I’ve always had to struggle with discrimination and bullying. I really tried to fit in. I changed myself into everything you can imagine. I tried to be very outgoing. I tried to be shy. But I never really fit in. At the end of the day, I decided that I wanted to be myself. So I came up with this idea of a bearded lady because I want to say with this look that it’s not important how you look. And it’s not important where you are from or what the color of your skin is. It is just about you, and everybody is beautiful in their own way.
I wanted to shout out to the world: “Do whatever you want and be whomever you want, as long as you are not hurting anybody.”Why did you try out for Eurovision? It is a pretty mainstream song contest, and it really makes you stand out.
In addition to my message, I am also a musician. And the Eurovision song contest is such a big opportunity to sing to Europe. It’s such a big honor to stand there as a musician and sing your heart out and hopefully touch people with it.
At the same time I got a chance to spread my message. So it’s really the best thing that’s ever happened to me.
|Conchita Wurst performs in Rossatz, Austria. (Getty Images)|