Conchita does ALS ice bucket challenge

Conchita Wurst has done the ALS ice bucket challenge, but managed to do it without ruining her make-up or getting her glossy locks wet.

Conchita does ALS ice bucket challenge
Conchita Wurst. Photo: Conchita Wurst/Facebook

Austria's flamboyant bearded lady and Eurovision winner accepted the challenge set to her by Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic, and even put on a warm coat for the occasion. 

However, instead of dumping the ice cold water over her head Conchita urged fans to "donate twice instead of ice", and enjoyed a bowl of ice-cream instead. Not all of the commentators on her YouTube channel were impressed, with some complaining that she had chickened out and failed to do the challenge properly. 

She went on to nominate Kylie Minogue, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Jake Shears from Scissor Sisters. 

Oprah, Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Lady Gaga, Charlie Sheen, George Bush and the Foo Fighters have all taken part in the campaign, which sees a bucket of ice water dumped over participants' heads. 

The drive has so far raised $22.9 million (€17.3 million) in aid of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also referred to as motor neurone disease (MND). 

Meanwhile, Karl Lagerfeld has shot a series of portraits for an editorial entitled The New Normal featuring Wurst and pregnant model Ashleigh Good. 

Wurst poses in new-season Givenchy, Prada, Chanel and Rick Owens with her trademark beard. In one photo she appears wearing suspenders alongside Good.

Lagerfeld said: "We have all heard of 'bearded ladies' but no one has ever seen a bearded man posing as a lady… This brings new meaning to the term 'drag'". 

25-year-old Wurst, whose real name is Tom Neuwirth, made her catwalk debut last month, when she closed Jean Paul Gaultier's autumn/winter haute couture show in Paris. 

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Vienna academy teaches men to walk in heels

It seems Austria’s Eurovision winner, bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst, has started a trend - with a Vienna academy that teaches women how to walk in high heels now opening its doors to men who were eager to join the workshops.

Vienna academy teaches men to walk in heels
Marie-Christin Scherzer leading a class. Photo: Top in Heels

Organisers at the Top in Heels Academy in the 18th district claim that more men have started experimenting with high heels since cross dressing star Conchita won the Eurovision Song Contest last year.

Originally, they launched classes to help women learn how to walk elegantly in stilettos but have now launched a Men In Heels workshop – which focusses on technique, elegance and injury prevention.

The workshops are taught by dancer Marie-Christin Scherzer, who studied ballet and contemporary dance, and drag queen Helmut Fixl.

A 90 minute session costs €45, with the next workshop taking place on October 30th.

Drag queen Helmut Fixl is one of the teachers. Photo: Top in Heels