Richard Branson in Drag: Lost Bet Turns Virgin Founder Into Flight Attendant

Image: Richard Branson in Drag: Lost Bet Turns Virgin Founder Into Flight Attendant Sir Richard Branson dressed as an AirAsia flight attendant, egged on by Media to pour drinks on AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes, May 12, 2013.

Monday, 13 May 2013 10:54 AM

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Virgin Group founder Richard Branson channeled his inner Marilyn Monroe Sunday, donning a platinum blonde wig, bright red lipstick, and a red skirt after losing a bet on a Formula One race that called for him to dress in drag as a flight attendant.

Branson even shaved his legs to honor the bet, serving as a flight attendant on an AirAsia trip from Perth, Australia, to Malaysia, according to the Associated Press.

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But he earned a reprimand from AirAsia chief Tony Fernandes after he deliberately dumped a tray of orange juice on Fernandes' lap.

Branson lost a bet to Fernandes in 2010 after they wagered that their Formula One racing teams would finish ahead of each other. Fernandes' team landed two spots above Branson's.

Fernandes gleefully declared after Sunday's nearly six-hour flight on his budget airline that Branson's skills as an attendant were "rubbish" and that he was being immediately fired.

A cheerful Branson, who was tasked with pouring beverages, serving meals and making flight announcements, posed with Fernandes and popped champagne after stepping out of the plane at Malaysia's main low-cost carrier terminal south of Kuala Lumpur.

He said in brief remarks that he was "glad to have gotten the bet over with and (was) looking forward to getting back into my clothes."

"I always wanted to be an air hostess, but it looks like I have to get back to normality," Branson said. The flight helped raise money for an Australian foundation for hospitalized children.

Asked how Branson rated as an attendant, Fernandes quipped, "Out of 10, maybe one, for a bit of humor."

"I wanted to kill him actually" for spilling the juice, the Malaysian told reporters.

"He looked at me, I said, 'don't you dare,' and the next thing I know, he tipped the whole tray on me. He and the girls mopped it up, but I was walking around the flight in my underwear for a while because I didn't bring another pair of trousers," Fernandes said.

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