This series of blog posts focuses on individuals that have pioneered singularity embracing their own uniqueness.
Archive for the Ambassadors of Singularity Category
Gee, it’s great to be hidjus!
Source: ‘The Nose Ring Fad: 1913’
1.- Who was Émilie Marie Bouchaud (aka Polaire)?
Born at the crossroads of Agha, near Algiers, she moved with her family to Paris in 1889. She was sent back to her grandmother in Algiers after the death of her sister Lucile, but she ran away to rejoin her mother in France in September 1890. However, she preferred to avoid her mother’s partner and approached first her brother Edmond (the only suvriving sibling of 11 brothers). Edmond had already gained some fame as a café-concert singer under the name of Dufleuve, and thanks to his support she auditioned successfully for her first job as a café singer. Aged about 17 as debutant, Polaire never left her mother when success led her to tour around the world.
A comedic actress, Polaire became one of the major celebrities of her day and later, as cinema developed, appeared in several films. Polaire’s career in the entertainment industry stretched from the early 1890s to the mid-1930s and encompassed the range from music-hall singer to stage and film actress. Her most successful period professionally was from the mid-1890s to the beginning of the First World War.
Being independent is power and we got to find the power in ourselves.
The Origin of ‘Zombie Boy’
Born 7th August 1985, Rick Genest (‘Rico’) grew up in a working class family in Châteauguay (Quebec, Canada). Diagnosed with a life-threatening benign brain tumor, Rick Genest at the age of 15 underwent a surgery that many had not survived in the past. and he got his first tattoo (a skull and crossbones) at age 16 on his left shoulder. He left home at 17 and became a member of the underground punk rock scene in Montreal. It was then when his friends gave him the moniker ‘Zombie Boy’ and initiated him into the street culture of tattoos, piercings, music and DIY fashion.
By 19 he was decided to develope his full body tattoo project and trusted the now retired Montreal artist Frank Lewis; over the next six years 80% of Rico’s body was tattooed (he has spent close to $20,000 to date).
‘Everyone holds the power to change themselves into the person they want to be’.
Born Viktoria Moskalova Modesta in Daugavpils (Latvia, 25th February 1986), she is a British model, singer/songwriter, and club host. Viktoria had an accident at birth due to doctor’s negligence, resulting in her leg having damaged nerves and restricted growth. Her early interest in music lead her to studying piano, sheet music and vocals at the age of 6 at a music school in Daugavpils. From the ages 6 to 12 she faced a whole series of reconstructive surgeries, that caused further difficulties finishing with 13 opeations in 6 years. She moved to London with her parents in 1999 and a couple of years later decided she had to take back control of her body, future and health. She began modelling and, after exhaustive medical consultation, she came to the conclussion that partial amputation was the only option for her.