“Two years ago, I was invited to sing at Madame Tussauds in Austria, where they were unveiling Justin Bieber,” bearded beauty Conchita Wurst says. “My manager said for a joke, I don’t want Justin there, I want you in there, and now, hello…” She gestures at the new wax Conchita Wurst bust across the room, still a couple of months away from completion. Conchita stares at the statue, which will be unveiled at the Madame Tussauds Vienna, and muses “I can’t imagine how they sculpt this face out of nothing, it’s overwhelming.” What a life!
“[After winning the Eurovision contest,] I woke up with a new life and a new schedule,” she says of [her newfound success]. “I now have the chance to do what I always wanted, entertain people, be on stage AND pay my bills. I always wanted to wear these fabulous dresses, be this creation. And now the door’s opened, I’m working hard so it stays open forever.”
Despite the fact that singlehandedly saw off the Russians in Copenhagen, that she’s since addressed the European Parliament, sung for UN chief Ban-Ki Moon, Conchita is reluctant to assume a political status over the personal…
“Everything I do is for very selfish reasons, because I want to do it,” she reveals.
“I don’t really feel pressure. Expectations are a bad thing, because you get disappointed very easily. When people get mad at me, I think, is it because I made a mistake, or because they expected me to do something that I didn’t do? This is the stuff I figure out. So I feel quite free in what I do.”
So now she’s conquered the world with her beard and baubles, what next for Ms Conchita Wurst? “I’ve never had a plan, and I’ve never had a Plan B,” she says emphatically. I’m dreaming of a Grammy. I don’t know if I’ll get one, but as a musician and a singer, this should be the highest goal. My album will be released in May, so that’s the first step, to start with the music.”
Finally, never mind being a political beacon for free rights, a totem of acceptance, a diva of defiance, how does she cope with those towering heels she’s in today? She flicks her hair and smiles.
“I don’t think about the shoes or hair in particular. I don’t want to say the following because I’m not a whiner, but being a drag queen is 70% pain. You just get used to it.”