The Museum in Horn (located in Lower Austria) has gained notoriety since Conchita Wurst’s win in Copenhagen. Why? Because they are displaying a rare statue of Saint Wilgefortis, a Catholic saint who was also a bearded lady. Despite being relatively obscure, she is listed in the standard Catholic list of saints and has her own feast day. She is also known as Liberata or Kummernis.
Saint Wilgefortis, a princess, took a virginity pledge after her conversion to Christianity. When her father tried to marry her off to the Sicilian king, she refused and grew a beard in protest. Since no king wants to marry a bearded woman, the marriage was cancelled. In anger, her father had her crucified.
Apparently, growing beards has been and still is a form of protest. Just as Saint Wilgefortis protested against marriage and the liberation of women, Conchita takes a swipe at gender roles, and shows the world that a woman can totally rock a beard!
In response to the Austrian victory, the exhibition has been given a makeover with information and pictures about Conchita. It has been reported that Austrian tourism has grown 165% since the Eurovision final.