Vienna’s annual Life Ball is Europe’s biggest charity show supporting AIDS research, prevention and treatment. The star-studded fundraising event took place over the weekend, and welcomed the world’s A-list, including celebrities like Ricky Martin, Leona Lewis, Courtney Love and former US president Bill Clinton. But one sleb stole the show: Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst!
Conchita performed her winning song “Rise Like A Phoenix” in front of Vienna’s City Hall. It was a remarkable performance on home turf, and a sign of Conchita’s own rise from underground burlesque performer to international superstar. “It’s a very special feeling for me, and I am extremely happy”, she said afterwards.
Jean Paul Gaultier, the famous designer, told reporters that Miss Wurst isn’t a fad. She’s here to stay: “Conchita is amazing, fantastic, the best of this year’s styling! I love her, she is the real thing.”
The mayor of Vienna was as effusive. “I want to thank Conchita Wurst. The message which we got from the Eurovision Song Contests represents a future we want to see.”
Last year, organisers raised 2.4 million euros during the event.
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Photos: LifeBall / Hammerschmid, Espresso news