Cross-Dressing Branson Pays Lost Bet

Oh, and he shaved his legs

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted May 12, 2013 8:31 AM CDT

(Newser) – Just another day in the never-normal life of Richard Branson, who today had nothing better to do than shave his legs, smear about two kilos of red lipstick on his face, squeeze into a red skirt, and dump orange juice all over a fellow airline magnate. It was all in the name of a bet, reports the AP, made in 2010 with AirAsia chief Tony Fernandes over their Formula One teams, and today Branson paid up by serving as a rather garish flight attendant on a six-hour flight from Australia to Malaysia. Branson served drinks and meals—and intentionally dumped the juice all over Fernandes, who fired him and declared his skills "rubbish." For his part, Branson said he was "glad to have gotten the bet over with and (was) looking forward to getting back into my clothes." Also: "I always wanted to be an air hostess, but it looks like I have to get back to normality."

AirAsia chief Tony Fernandes is served by that wacky, cross-dressing Richard Branson, who is paying up on a bet, Sunday, May 12, 2013.
AirAsia chief Tony Fernandes is served by that wacky, cross-dressing Richard Branson, who is paying up on a bet, Sunday, May 12, 2013.   (AP Photo/AirAsia)
Richard Branson, dressed up as an AirAsia flight attendant, and AirAsia's Chief Executive Tony Fernandes prepare to spray champagne.
Richard Branson, dressed up as an AirAsia flight attendant, and AirAsia's Chief Executive Tony Fernandes prepare to spray champagne.   (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Richard Branson, in drag, poses with AirAsia's Chief Executive Tony Fernandes in Malaysia, Sunday, May 12, 2013.
Richard Branson, in drag, poses with AirAsia's Chief Executive Tony Fernandes in Malaysia, Sunday, May 12, 2013.   (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
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