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Conchita Wurst reveals how winning Eurovision changed her life

EXCLUSIVE: Conchita Wurst Reveals How Winning Eurovision Changed Her Life And Helped ‘A Lot Of Queer People’ Find Acceptance

Conchita Wurst has revealed how her Eurovision win paved the way for people like her around the world.

Speaking at a Booking.com event on Saturday, the Austrian singer, who won the contest in 2014, says her win “forced” a global conversation about gender.

“I feel like they were forced, especially in Austria, to think about what is masculine and what is feminine. Whether they wanted to think about it or not. And this really came to an acceptance,’ the 33-year-old said.

Spotlight: Conchita Wurst has revealed how her Eurovision win paved the way for people like her around the world.  Pictured performing at a Booking.com event on Saturday

Spotlight: Conchita Wurst has revealed how her Eurovision win paved the way for people like her around the world. Pictured performing at a Booking.com event on Saturday

“Back then, in 2014, there were so many queer people breaking into the mainstream, with Ru Paul’s Drag Race, with Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner, even though we canceled it,” he added with a laugh.

‘My win was really shocking and transformed it into what it is today: young people today are very confident. I feel insecure when talking to an 18 year old! And I love it. I love that kind of progress.

Conchita also talked about how international success affected her personally.

Speaking: Speaking at a Booking.com event on Saturday, the Austrian singer, who won the contest in 2014, says her win 'forced' a global conversation on gender.

Speaking: Speaking at a Booking.com event on Saturday, the Austrian singer, who won the contest in 2014, says her win ‘forced’ a global conversation on gender.

“I feel like they were forced, especially in Austria, to think about what is masculine and what is feminine.  And this really came to an acceptance,' the 33-year-old said.

“I feel like they were forced, especially in Austria, to think about what is masculine and what is feminine. And this really came to an acceptance,’ the 33-year-old said.

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“My win was really impactful and transformed it into what it is today – young people today are so confident and I love that kind of progress,” he added.

‘My life changed completely. Suddenly you have people listening to you. You find yourself at a table you were never invited to,’ she said.

‘As for my music career, I worked with so many wonderful people. That is something that I really treasure and I am very grateful for. Once you are a member of the Eurovision family, they never let you go.

Conchita, the drag queen alter ego of singer Thomas Neuwirth, rose to fame after winning the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.

Winner: Conchita, the drag queen alter ego of singer Thomas Neuwirth, rose to fame after winning the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest (pictured)

Winner: Conchita, the drag queen alter ego of singer Thomas Neuwirth, rose to fame after winning the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest (pictured)

The music star gained worldwide recognition with her epic song contest victory in Copenhagen with her song Rise Like A Phoenix.

The success marked Austria’s first victory in the show since 1966.

Despite winning completely as Conchita, in 2017 the interpreter told the German Die Welt: ‘I feel like I want to create a new personality… with the bearded lady, I’ve achieved everything I wanted since winning the Song Festival.

“I question myself more than ever these days, looking for what I can do well. I look for myself and Tom rebels. I don’t need her anymore… I have to kill her.’

Success: The music star gained worldwide recognition with her epic win at the song contest in Copenhagen with her song Rise Like A Phoenix.  Pictured in 2022

Success: The music star gained worldwide recognition with her epic win at the song contest in Copenhagen with her song Rise Like A Phoenix. Pictured in 2022

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