Conchita Wurst Beard
May 12, 2014
Conchita Wurst Beard became one of the most popular topic in May, 2014. Conchita Wurst, a bearded drag gueen won the Eurovision Song Contest in May 10, 2014. Many people said it as a victory for tolerance in Europe.
Conchita Wurst sang “Rise like a phoenix” a power ballad in that contest. Wurst, the alter ego of 25 year old Thomas Neuwirth drew criticism and protests from eastern Europe before the contest held. Many said that it was an example of Western decadence.
President Heinz Fischer said that it was not just a victory for Austria, but above all for diversity and tolerance in Europe.
After accepting the trophy from Denmark Emmelie de Forrest, Wurst said “This is dedicated to everyone who believes in a future of peace and freedom. We are unity”
Wurst hopes that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people around the world are getting stronger in theif fight for human rights.
Thomas Neuwirth was born in Gmunden, Austria, in 1988. He entered the entertainment world about eight years ago. That time, he took part in an Austrian TV talent show. Neuwirth first appeared Conchita Wurst beard in another Austrian talent show in 2011.
Wurst won the competition with 238 point. The point came from the votes of television viewers and Juries across Europe. This mean next year’s the contest will be held in Austria.
When he was asked about his teenager. He said.
“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.”