EXCLUSIVE: Conchita Wurst reveals how winning Eurovision changed her life and helped ‘so many queer people’ find acceptance

Conchita Wurst has reveled how her Eurovision victory paved the way for people all over the world just like her.

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

‘I feel that 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, ‘said the 33-year-old.

Spotlight: Conchita Wurst has reveled how her Eurovision victory paved the way for people all over the world just like her. Pictured with performances at a Booking.com event on Saturday

“Then in 2014, there were so many weird people coming into the mainstream, with Ru Paul’s Drag Race, with Laverne Cox, and Caitlyn Jenner, even though we canceled them,” she added with a laugh.

‘My victory was truly influential and changed into what it is today – the youth of today are so confident. I get insecure when I talk to an 18-year-old! And I love it. I like that kind of progress. ‘

Conchita also touched on how increasing international success affected her personally.

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

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

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

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

“My victory was really influential and transformed into what it is today – the youth of today are so confident, and I love that kind of progress,” she added.

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

‘My career in music, I worked with so many wonderful people. That’s something I really cherish and I’m very grateful. Once you’re a member of the Eurovision family, they will never let you go. ‘

Conchita, the drag queen alter-ego of singer Thomas Neuwirth, gained notoriety after winning the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.

Winner: Conchita, the drag queen alter-ego of singer Thomas Neuwirth, gained notoriety after winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 (photo)

Winner: Conchita, the drag queen alter-ego of singer Thomas Neuwirth, gained notoriety after winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 (photo)

The music star received worldwide acclaim with her epic victory at the song contest in Copenhagen with her song Rise Like A Phoenix.

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

Despite winning a full slot as Conchita, the artist told German Die Welt in 2017: ‘I feel like I want to make a new person … with the bearded lady, I’ve achieved everything I wanted since the victory of the Songfestival.

‘I ask myself more than ever these days, in search of what I can do well. I’m looking for myself, and Tom is rebellious. I do not need her anymore … I have to kill her. ‘

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

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

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