ONES upon a time (November 6th 1988) one of the three Fates came to Neuwirt family and announced: “You gonna get a beautiful boy. Be prepared to deal with the biggest challenge in you life”.

Tom Neuwirth

Although he was born to an innkeeper, he followed his dreams with a focus on fashion and singing. There came another of three Fates to Tom and said “Yes! You can do it”. So he won Eurovision Song Contest 2014 as Chonchita Wurst* – the lady with the bear. His victory courted controversy and brought him international attention. Tom uses masculine pronouns when referring to him but feminine to describe Chonchita. He become an icon of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) organization resulting in invitations to perform at various pride parades, the European Parliament and the United nations Office in Vienna.

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Link for Chonchita Wurst hare stile 😉

Neuwirth asserted that the inclusion of the beard as part of the Wurst character was “a statement to say that you can achieve anything, no matter who you are or how you look.” Actually he proved opposite: what he achieved was the matter of his look and who he is.

I adore his sense for humor. As Chonchita he said: “There are people who want to kill me and I’m always like, ‘Well, get in the line, darling.”

NOW He is living Her dream: In July 14 she made her modeling debut on the catwalk at fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier’s Couture show in Paris, where she took the final spot, which is usually reserved for Gaultier’s favourite model. In August she modeled Givenchy clothing for Karl Lagerfeld’s fashion editorial, “The New Normal”. She was invited to attend the 2015 Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles as part of the Austrian delegation-supporting nominee Christoph Waltz…

Chonchita – Gaultier; Conchita and Gaultier walked the red carpet together at the Life Ball last Saturday in Vienna.

Moderators Miriam, Arabella and Alice

The Life Ball, which takes place annually inside Vienna City Hall, is one of the biggest AIDS charity events in the world. The aim is to help affected people in an unconventional way and to fight against the taboo status of HIV/AIDS in our society. Therefore, Life Ball is an exuberant festivity that celebrates life and makes a loud statement in the fight against HIV and AIDS – resounding across the boundaries of Vienna and Austria. The best thing is to look at picture galleries and of course read about charity projects:

As a mater of fact there are so many events going on in Vienna that is impossible to describe them in this short article. You can get all about Eurovision events on Official opening was on Sunday; on Monday was opening of the Eurovision village (in front of the Vienna City Hall) with fashion show “fashion for Europe”; in Stadthalle started rehearsal, …

Enjoy the music and good luck to Maraaya!

Lili from Wienna

* There is common German expression “Das ist mir doch alles Wurst“, which translates as “it’s all the same to me”, and “I don’t care”.