Conchita Wurst – Before
There is no before and after surgery for Conchita Wurst – just before and after Eurovision. Strictly speaking, the woman born as Thomas Neuwirth in Gmunden, Austria isn’t totally transgendered. Neuwirth himself doesn’t identify as a trans person, and just states that he is a gay male drag queen. One day he’ll choose to be Thomas, and on another he’ll choose to be Conchita.Of course, after Eurovision 2014, Conchita Wurst became much better known than Neuwirth would ever be. And as an icon for the LGBT community, a hero and maybe it’s most successful member ever, Conchita Wurst is the one who does all the talking. Thomas becomes Conchita so completely that it’s like he’s transitioned. Conchita has taken over his life. Her amazing transformation which you will see next will absolutely stun you.
Conchita Wurst – After
Conchita’s appearance in the 2014 Eurovision song contest – one of the strangest and most exciting song and dance competitions in the world, in case you didn’t know – attracted lashings of controversy before she even took the stage. It was seen as a tipping point for Europe, with much of Eastern Europe and orthodox Christian states outraged at her selection, calling it “spiritual decay” and “perversion”.On the other hand, Western and Central Europe cheered her on, and Conchita emerged from the finals a glittering triumph. Her song “Rise Like A Phoenix” marked her as one of the biggest LGBT icons of all time (and ironically the most downloaded song in Russia that year), and was the beginning of a tour and media frenzy that’s still going to this day. Her continued success inspires us all in many ways we can’t explain.