Conchita to headline Stockholm Pride

Austrian bearded lady Conchita Wurst, winner of Eurovision 2014, is set to inaugurate the 16th annual Stockholm Pride festival in July.

Conchita to headline Stockholm Pride
Photo: APA

"This is incredible! When she got up on the Eurovision stage in May and stated, 'We are unity, we are unstoppable', she summed up in one emotional moment how we all struggle together for a better, more open world," Stockholm Pride president Sandra Ehne said in a statement.

"And now we have the honour of seeing her on the big stage, during an evening where we will focus on the fight, the fight for human rights. A fight that Conchita fights every day."

Conchita Wurst will open the festival with her winning number from Eurovision, Rise Like a Phoenix. 

Stockholm Pride is the largest pride festival in the Nordic nations, and begins on July 28th. 

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Former refugee in Miss Universe contest

A young Austrian woman with a refugee background will on Sunday represent her adopted country in the Miss Universe contest in Las Vegas.

Former refugee in Miss Universe contest
Photo: Miss Universe

While not the bookies' favourite, Amina Dagi has captured global attention with her witty and elegant rendition of Austria's national costume, transforming herself with makeup into the famous Austrian diva and winner of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, Conchita Wurst.

Austrian contestant Amina Dagi.  Photo: Miss Universe

The fabulous outfit is by talented Swedish designer Aviad Arik Herman, who said that he was inspired to create the design because “The meaningful costume brings the urgent message, and stands for #courage#tolerance#acceptance#equality & being #unstoppable!”

Dagestan refugee

Dagi grew up in Dagestan (North Caucasus, Russia.) At the age of eight, Amina's family had to leave her hometown due to severe political issues. With nothing but a backpack, they fled to Austria, starting a new life in a completely different culture.

She picked up the German language and new hobbies very quickly, winning the state judo championship in 2006.

When she was crowned Miss Universe Austria, she used the attention of the local media to support an orphanage as well as various other charity projects. As an ambassador for integration, Amina wants to convey the message of tolerance.

Dagi was chosen as a replacement for the former Miss Universe Austria, Annika Grill, who was selected to compete in the Miss World contest.  She attracted some controversy after getting a nose job.

As the face of ZUSAMMEN:ÖSTERREICH, Austria's nationwide refugee campaign, she aims at encouraging people to always remain hopeful.