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Jean Paul Gaultier Taps Drag Singer Conchita Wurst to Close Couture Show

Jean Paul Gaultier‘s couture show is always one of the most lively displays during couture week (or any fashion week for that matter). This season, the designer cast Eurovision Song Contest 2014 winner Conchita Wurst to take a turn down the catwalk. The bearded Austrian beauty closed out the show in vampire bride regalia: a gorgeous black gown with red and gold accents, complete with a black mantilla-like veil.

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Conchita, who goes by his real name offstage, Thomas Neuwirth, sparked quite a bit of controversy after winning the Eurovision Song Contest earlier this year because of his drag schtick. He took home the title after performing a rousing rendition of “Rise Like a Phoenix,” and it looks like even through the criticism he (or she, as he goes by when he’s in Conchita-gear) continues to rise just like the mythical bird.

Designers have been keen on using gender-bending models — Lea T, Andrej Pejic and Amanda Lepore are particular favorites of the fashion set — but it’s always great to see some commitment to representing different types of beauty in different people, especially in this industry.