Miss Austria As Conchita Wurst At Miss Universe

Lost in all the hoopla about Steve Harvey’s big “oops” moment last night is that Miss Austria dressed as drag performer and Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst during the national costume portion of the Miss Universe pageant. Austria’s The Local reports:

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.

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!” 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.