Billionaire air hostess for a day (video included)

Sir Richard Branson shaves legs, puts on lipstick & air hostess dress, serves passengers on Air Asia flight from Australia to Malaysia after losing bet 3 years ago.



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Branson serves as AirAsia stewardess after losing bet

(AFP)

KUALA LUMPUR - British billionaire Richard Branson strutted his stuff as an AirAsia flight attendant Sunday -- complete with fishnet stockings and figure-hugging red pencil skirt.

His star turn on the flight from Australia's Perth to the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur came after he lost a Grand Prix bet with the Malaysian budget carrier's founder.

Virgin boss Branson agreed with AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes in 2010 that whoever's Formula One team -- then Virgin and Lotus -- finished their debut season lower would serve as a stewardess on the other's airline.

The British tycoon came off worse after Virgin ended 12th in the World Constructors' Championship, two spots behind Lotus. But his stint as a stewardess was postponed in early 2011 after he injured himself while skiing.

There was no escape on Sunday however, when Branson was recruited to serve coffee, tea and meals on the five-and-a-half-hour flight.

Though he kept his trademark beard, he shaved his legs to show them off in black fishnets beneath his red AirAsia uniform. He topped off the outfit with bright red lipstick, heavy eye make-up and his blonde hair pulled back in a quiff.

"This has been a real first for me but I have enjoyed the experience," Branson was quoted as saying in an AirAsia statement. "I've always said I'm a man of my word and I'm happy to have finally honoured the bet."

Branson disembarked in red flat ballet pumps and posed with a handbag for waiting media.

Fernandes said Branson graduated as an AirAsia cabin crew member "with flying colours."

AirAsia donated part of the money from ticket sales for the flight to a children's charity in Australia

Since the original bet was made between Branson and Fernandes, Virgin's team has been bought by Marussia Motors, while Fernandes' team has been renamed Caterham. Both of those teams finished 2012 with no points.

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(Source: Bangkok Post, Branson serves as AirAsia stewardess after losing bet, (AFP), link


Air Hostess & Crossdressing Vocabulary

Sir Richard Branson -
a British businessman who founded Virgin Atlantic Airways and Virgin Records music company (See Wikipedia & photos as air hostess & YouTube #1

cross-dressing
- when a man wears women's clothing or a woman wears mens' clothing, when a man dresses as a woman or a woman dresses as a man (See Wikipedia)

drag - same as cross-dressing (See Wikipedia & Dictionary & How to Dress in Drag)
in drag - a man wearing women's clothing
serving as an air hostess in drag

flight attendant
- the members of the cabin crew on an airplane that  serve food, sell duty free and help passengers, have duty of safety and comfort of passengers aboard commercial flights (See Wikipedia)
an AirAsia flight attendant

air hostess -  Same as "flight attendant"
an AirAsia stewardess

stewardess - Same as "flight attendant"
a stewardess on an airline

chat - คุย, พูด, พูดคุย, พูดคุยกันเล่นๆ
passenger -
ผู้โดยสาร
chatting with passengers

Photos from the flight showed him chatting with passengers and serving food to Fernandes, who used to work for Branson in the music industry.

bet -
the amount of money that a person could lose in gambling การพนัน
losing bet
lost a Grand Prix bet

Branson serves as AirAsia stewardess after losing bet.

strut - swagger, walk around showing off, walk like a peacock เดินวางท่า,  เดินวางมาด, เดินทำท่าทำทาง
strutted his stuff - when some shows off to people how good you are 

quiff - some hair brushed up as a hairstyle, a prominent tuft of hair, especially one brushed up above the forehead (See Wikipedia & Dictionary)
hair pulled back in a quiff

stockings - long socks covering the feet and lower legs worn by women ถุงเท้ายาว (See Wikipedia)
fishnet stockings - a sexy kind of stockings (See Wikipedia)

skirt - กระโปรง
pencil skirt - "a slim-fitting skirt with a straight, narrow cut. Generally the hem falls to, or just below, the knee and is tailored for a close fit. It is named for its shape: long and slim like a pencil" (See Wikipedia)

figure
- shape of the body รูปร่าง, ร่างกาย
hug - 
very close to, tight-fitting กอด, ใกล้ชิด,ยึดติด

figure
-hugging - tight-fitting, slim-fitting
figure-hugging red pencil skirt

British billionaire Richard Branson strutted his stuff as an AirAsia flight attendant Sunday -- complete with fishnet stockings and figure-hugging red pencil skirt.

capital - the city that is the center for government in a country
the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur

budget - 1. cheap, inexpensive, not expensive; 2. an amount of money able to be spent on something งบประมาณ
budget carrier - a cheap low-cost airline

founder - a person who starts and establishes an institution, business, or organization ผู้ก่อตั้ง
budget carrier's founder
the Malaysian budget carrier's founder

His star turn on the flight from Australia's Perth to the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur came after he lost a Grand Prix bet with the Malaysian budget carrier's founder.

executive - the highest level managers in a company
chief executive - the highest manager in the company
AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes

debut - the first
season - the time period during a year that something happens
debut season - the first year of something (such as a TV program or event)

Virgin boss Branson agreed with AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes in 2010 that whoever's Formula One team -- then Virgin and Lotus -- finished their debut season lower would serve as a stewardess on the other's airline.

tycoon - a person who has succeeded in business or industry and has become very rich and powerful นักธุรกิจที่ร่ำรวยและมีอิทธิพลมาก
a British tycoon - a rich person from the UK

came off worse - did not do as well as, did worse than

spot
- a place
two spots behind - two places behind someone (in a competition or race)
ended 12th in the championship two spots behind the winner

The British tycoon came off worse after Virgin ended 12th in the World Constructors' Championship, two spots behind Lotus.

stint as - a short period of time working at some job
a stint as a stewardess - a period of time working as a stewardess on airplanes

postponed - delayed; decided that something will be done at a later time เลื่อนออกไป
postponed after he injured himself skiing

his stint as a stewardess was postponed in early 2011 after he injured himself while skiing. 

recruit - find someone new to do some job; conscript, enlist รับคนใหม่, จ้างคนใหม่, เกณฑ์ทหารใหม่
recruited to serve coffee, tea and meals on a flight
recruited as a stewardess

escape - go or run away from a place quickly; หนี, หนีภัย, หลบหนี

There was no escape on Sunday however, when Branson was recruited to serve coffee, tea and meals on the five-and-a-half-hour flight.

trademark - something that someone is well-known or famous for
his trademark beard

shave
- to remove the hair from face or legs with a razor โกน
shave his legs
- something that women often do

show off -  to show other people proudly something good that you have อวด,  อวดตัว
show his legs of off in black fishnets

uniform - official work clothes that are the same for all workers เครื่องแบบ
his red AirAsia uniform

Though he kept his trademark beard, he shaved his legs to show them off in black fishnets beneath his red AirAsia uniform.

top off - add the last thing to many things that you have already
outfit - a set of clothes that are worn together เครื่องแต่งกาย  เสื้อผ้าทั้งชุด

bright -
 สีสดใส
bright red

lipstick  -
ลิปสติก
bright
red lipstick

make-up -
cosmetics, things that women put on their face to make them look more beautiful เครื่องสำอาง, เครื่องแต่งหน้า, เครื่องสำอาง, เครื่องเสริมสวย
heavy make-up - having lots of makeup on the face
heavy eye make-up

He topped off the outfit with bright red lipstick, heavy eye make-up and his blonde hair pulled back in a quiff.

I'm a man of my word - keeps their promise, does what he promised to do
honoured a bet - pay the money that you lost in gambling

"This has been a real first for me but I have enjoyed the experience," Branson was quoted as saying in an AirAsia statement. "I've always said I'm a man of my word and I'm happy to have finally honoured the bet."

pumps - a plain woman's shoe that has a heel and does not fasten (See Wikipedia)
ballet pumps - (See Wikipedia)
red flat ballet pumps

pose - a fixed position that a person stands or makes with their body when someone is taking their photo with a camera or painting their picture วางท่า
posed with a handbag

media - radio, television, newspaper, the Internet, considered as a group สื่อ
posed for the media

disembark - get off or leave an airplane, ship, etc

Branson disembarked in red flat ballet pumps and posed with a handbag for waiting media.

cabin - the area where passengers sit in an aircraft ห้องคนโดยสารในเครื่องบิน
cabin crew - the people who work inside an airplane when it is flying (such as stewardesses and stewards) 
AirAsia cabin crew 

crew - the people who work on a ship, aircraft, etc. ลูกเรือ
cabin crew - the people who work inside an airplane helping passengers while it is flying
cabin crew member
an AirAsia cabin crew member

graduate - the ceremony after a student successfully complete their studies at a school เรียนจบ, จบการศึกษา, ได้รับปริญญา
graduated with flying colours - graduated with good grades (did very well)

Fernandes said Branson graduated as an AirAsia cabin crew member "with flying colours."

donate -
to give money to people who need it บริจาค
donated money from ticket sales

charity - involving giving money or help to people who are poor or ill, or who need advice and support การกุศล
a children's charity in Australia

AirAsia donated part of the money from ticket sales for the flight to a children's charity in Australia

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