Conchita Wurst becomes a catwalk model for Jean Paul Gaultier: ‘She is unstoppable’

Jean Paul Gaultier details why he decided to cast Wurst in his show’s prime spot

Conchita Wurst made her modelling debut today, walking at the Jean Paul Gaultier Couture show in Paris.

“I met Conchita two years ago she came to one of my couture shows,” Gaultier told The Independent post-show. “I loved her look and when I heard that she will represent Austria for the Eurovision Song Contest, I was delighted. When she won I was crazy with joy.

“I always say that beauty is difference and Conchita has shown us all that she is unstoppable. And she looks great in couture; she is a real couture woman.”

Wurst – who famously won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest – was given the prestigious closing spot, a fashion honour usually bestowed on the designer favourite or most famous model. Previous high-profile names to have been given the same slot include Dita Von Teese and Beth Ditto.

Most non-professional models might have shown an iota of nerves for such an occasion, but not Wurst who looked pretty much magnificent; that steely, intense facial expression; those dramatic hand gestures; palms regally upturned and have you ever seen such masterfully defined eyebrows? Jean Paul Gaultier shows his adoration for Wurst following her catwalk debut

Gaultier, naturally, got down on one knee in a marvelous display of theatrical appreciation.

It’s just another addition to add to Wurst’s growing list of achievements, having become a LGBT icon since winning the Eurovision. She headlined this year’s Gay Pride Festivals in London, Madrid and Stockholm and is currently focusing on her debut album, including a mix of ballads and upbeat tracks. Oh, and she wants to win a Grammy. Wurst at her most regal at the Gaultier show

Gaultier and Wurst attended the Vienna Life Ball together in May, when she out-fashioned everyone wearing an off-the-shoulder fishtail dress, before changing a sheer, metallic gown for her performance.

Read more: How Conchita Wurst became the toast of Europe
Karl Lagerfeld's latest Chanel couture extravaganza
Conchita Wurst faces homophobic backlash
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Recruitment Genius: Management Trainer

£30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Exciting career opportunity to join East...

Recruitment Genius: Senior Scientist / Research Assistant

£18000 - £28000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An ambitious start-up company b...

Reach Volunteering: Chair of Trustees

VOLUNTARY ONLY - EXPENSES REIMBURSED: Reach Volunteering: Do you love the Engl...

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?
Nightclubbing with Richard Young: The story behind his latest book of celebrity photographs

24-Hour party person

Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
Colouring books for adults: How the French are going crazy for Crayolas

Colouring books for adults

How the French are going crazy for Crayolas
Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

Playwright Jack Thorne's latest work 'Hope' poses the question to audiences
Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

Paloma Faith, Lana del Ray... Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt has proved that he can write for them all. But it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire
10 best stocking fillers for foodies

Festive treats: 10 best stocking fillers for foodies

From boozy milk to wasabi, give the food-lover in your life some extra-special, unusual treats to wake up to on Christmas morning
Phil Hughes head injury: He had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Phil Hughes had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Prolific opener had world at his feet until Harmison and Flintoff bounced him
'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

'I am a paedophile'

Is our approach to sex offenders helping to create more victims?
How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
Green Party on the march in Bristol: From a lost deposit to victory

From a lost deposit to victory

Green Party on the march in Bristol
Putting the grot right into Santa's grotto

Winter blunderlands

Putting the grot into grotto
'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital