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. 

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Vienna beauty bar owner cheekily responds to requirement for ‘bikini-wax with a view’

Based on to a recent visit by a labor inspectorate, a beauty salon in Vienna's first district called The Beauty Bar was instructed to improve the premises by way of installing windows in the rooms meant for hair removal. These booths have been sight-protected for the privacy of customers, especially in the case of bikini-waxing. To say the least, such an order has unleashed quite a kerfuffle from the general public.

Vienna beauty bar owner cheekily responds to requirement for 'bikini-wax with a view'
Photo: Wetfinder/Wikimedia
In order to make her feelings about the absurdity of this mandate heard, the owner of the salon, Katie Wagner took to social media (see below). Since the situation began on Wednesday, she has posted photos and videos of her location to detail the situation and to dispel any rumors that she was attempting a sort of 'PR gag'.
The response has been one largely of outrage against the directive, while another majority has simply found it laughable. 
Wagner (28), who was voted Miss Earth Austria in 2013, has even approached the situation with a performative twist. She and her employees have laid out a waxing table in the salon's window and carried out services for passers-by to see as a tongue-in-cheek effort to lay bare the ridiculousness of such an order.
According to a report from Heute, she has even invited the ten bravest inspectors to a free buttocks-waxing session. 
Spokesman for the Ministry for Social Affairs, Christoph Ertl has responded by explaining the mandate as based in a serious lack of ventilation that is typical in such salons, as well as inadequate emergency exit routes. He went on to say that the injunction had only to do with the spaces on the second floor that are specifically used for the services in question.
“No one is asking for work to be done in the display window,” says Ertl. He also expressed disdain for the degree to which the case has been brought to the public forum. As of now, Wagner has no plans to adhere to the findings of the inspection, which will naturally lead to further penalties toward her business.