Friday, 27 June 2014

Rise Like a Phoenix

I was absolutely thrilled last month when gorgeous and talented Conchita Wurst, a drag queen from Austria, won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest with the spectacular song "Rise Like a Phoenix."



This song is worthy of a great diva like Mariah Carey or Celine Dion but there's no need for either -- Conchita delivers the goods! Love the lyrics, love her performance, what a voice!

Sometimes the media mistakenly characterize Conchita as transgendered. However, she simply calls herself a gay man who does drag. But what about that facial hair? Doesn't it "ruin" the drag illusion? Not at all. If she were just engaged in traditional "gender-bending," she would not be bearded, it is true. But her style is what's called "gender-fucking" so the beard stays! Her beard is a statement that all rigid gender-based appearance rules are irrelevant and oppressive.


And I've noticed from this summer's TV coverage of various Pride marches and events in Canada and around the world that her bearded-but-still-elegant drag look is being widely imitated!

35 comments:

jaz@octoberfarm said...

he is very pretty and has quite a voice. i was happy to see him win! now we know the story behind the bearded ladies from the circuses!

mxtodis123 said...

Great voice. This is the first time I've seen him.
Mary

LL Cool Joe said...

She's beautiful. When a person is dressed "as a woman" as far as I'm aware they like to be referred to as she.

LL Cool Joe said...

See I came out the closet in more ways than one for this post. :D

Laurie M said...

female or male, just simply beautiful and talented!,

Pickleope Von Pickleope said...

It's always great when someone is so talented that they force the close-minded or bigoted to confront their prejudices and (hopefully) reevaluate their belief system. Conchita is great.

DEZMOND said...

I have a totally opposite opinion on her, Debs :) It's the worst Eurosong winner in many years... nobody even remembers the song only a month after.... It's just not a good enough song (no melody, mediocre chorus, clich├ęd perfomance) and what won was the whole drama and circus around it, not the song itself. I wouldn't mind him winning if he had the best song. Sweden is the moral winner.

DEZMOND said...

and PS that isn't even his natural beard, he glues it onto his face... which means he is doing it only to draw attention and shock people.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Well, Dezzy, as befits The Hollywood Spy, you have the inside scoop as always! Thanks! I was wondering about that beard too but I don't care, I still love the song and her look, LOL!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Conchita has a gorgeous voice! I love the gender bending too! This definitely takes balls to keep the beard while in drag.

klahanie said...

Hi Debra,

I tortured myself and watched the fiasco that is the Eurovision Song Contest. I was delighted for Conchita and Conchits gave a moving speech after she won.

Although I don't like the song, the ideals are all that really matters.

Gary :)

Leeanna said...

WOW! She has a powerful voice. Absolutely beautiful!

JACKIESUE said...

what a powerful voice..love it..and her.

Lois said...

I was thrilled as well, to see her win, and find the facial hair to be bizarrely intriguing. could it happen south of the border??? Don't think american idol is quite 'there' yet... Happy Canada Day! L

heartinhand said...

What a talented person!
Beard, dress, eye shadow, what does it matter? There's a person standing up there. That's what counts.

The Happy Whisk said...

I don't care if he wants a beard, doesn't change how the song sounds, but I do think it spoils the face.

Happy Weekend.

Sparkless said...

He sounds great! Having a full beard like that must make putting make-up on a bit of a challenge.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I've never heard of the song or singer. I learn something new here pretty regularly; like on Adam's blog. It does take a little getting used to (the beard), but it's quite intriguing.

Francie M said...

Ah, okay I was wondering why you called her a her when she is a gay man - but reading through the comments I gather when in drag gay men like to be referred to as 'she'.
Still learning, Debra. :)

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I'm always excited to learn about warriors who break the mold. She's beautiful with a powerful voice. Kudos to Conchita!

Jim said...

A 'trail blazer' for sure! We were enthralled with his performance and so happy he won! Such a victory on so many levels, Debra. Thanks for posting this. So I was 'gender-fucking' on that Halloween night so long ago?....

Vanessa Morgan said...

It's really the beard that does the trick. Without it, he (she) would be more like anyone else.

LL Cool Joe said...

Oh just one other thing, I should of commented on the song, it's interesting that here in the UK Eurovision songs never get high in the charts if at all, but Rise Like A Phoenix made it to No 17 and No 10 in the Irish charts.

It's a great Shirley Bassey type number.

Now excuse my while I go and stick on my fake beard.

Lisa B said...

The song was beautiful and I am all for being 100% true to yourself. A huge step forward and 10 points to judges with open minds xx

Laura said...

What an exquisite human being… soul soaring on an angelic voice.

Ron Troke said...

Oh yes, hairy legged Jim on Halloween 1986 ~~ so sad!!

Magic Love Crow said...

Great voice! What a performance! ;o)

A Beer For The Shower said...

I'm just glad that Dezzy cleared up the whole beard thing. Someone that beautiful being able to grow a better beard than me would just make me sad.

Joy Christi said...

I do see this look more and more. I love anyone that refuses to be pigeon-holed and this deserves a prize. And the voice? Oysters vey, sooo good!

Fundy Blue said...

I really enjoyed the song, but I have to admit I found the beard distressing. I simply don't like beards on anyone, let alone someone who looks like a beautiful woman. Take care!

Suzanne said...

Beautiful!

Introverted Art said...

Beautiful voice. I think gender bending is something so common to me that I always have to remind not everyone grew up with 8 family members who are gay, a drag cousin and a family headed by women... Amazingly talented !

Kay G. said...

As a woman of ahem... a certain age, I applaud this pretty man dressed as a woman with this full beard...makes a few hairs on my chinny chin chin look very sparse!

HA!!

Riot Kitty said...

I must use the term gender fucking in a sentence soon! Good for him.

bobbybegood1 said...

damn it! something is wrong with the sound on this computer. but i agree with vanessa - without the beard he would just look like all the other drag queens. great post. cheers!!