If do not know who Viktoria Modesta is, you might be interested to know that she was our first “Ambassador of Singularity’.
During The X Factor Final on ITV, on Sunday 14th December 2014, Channel 4 launched this video as part of the channel’s brand campaign, ‘Born Risky’. Channel 4 decided to give Viktoria this opportunity because she is different to any other contemporary pop artist: ‘She treats her amputeeism as empowering, as part of her artistic expression which can thrill and influence – not an accident of nature which demands sympathy. Viktoria’s Prototype shines a light on stigma, questions normal ideas of sex and beauty and celebrates being different’.
Some words about Prototype video
As Viktoria Modesta said: ‘For a long time, pop culture closed its doors on me as an amputee and alternative artist. I think people have always found it hard to know what to think or feel about an amputee who wasn’t trying to be an Olympian. In sports, ‘overcoming’ a disability makes you a hero, but in pop there is no place for these feelings,” she adds. “I have never felt comfortable thinking of myself as disabled and this has inspired me to actively challenge old-fashioned views and create a platform in mainstream pop-culture, with other artists, where I have always known I belonged. The time for boring ethical discussions around disability is over. It’s only through feelings of admiration, aspiration, curiosity and envy that we can move forward’.
We are revisiting today the words of our first ‘Ambassador of Singularity’, Viktoria Modesta Moskalova. If you have no read our blog post about her, do not let another day go by without doing it!
Everyone holds the power to change themselves into the person they want to be.
‘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.