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Austria's Conchita Wurst Hails Eurovision Victory Over Intolerance

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May 11, 2014 AT 5:46 AM
Conchita Wurst came home to a heroine's welcome in Austria on Sunday after the bearded drag queen won the Eurovision Song Contest in what she called a victory over the forces of intolerance, including Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Sporting high heels, a tight dress, butterfly eyelashes and a full beard, Wurst - whose birth name is Tom Neuwirth - swept to victory with her "Rise Like a Phoenix" ballad before a global TV audience of about 180 million people in 45 countries.