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Viktoria Modesta: Meet the world’s first ‘bionic’ pop star

Snow Queen

Due to a doctor’s negligence at her birth, Moskalova spent most of her childhood in and out of hospitals.  This accident led to a lasting problem with her left leg. In 2007, she had a voluntary below-the-knee leg amputation to improve her mobility and safeguard her future health. Her physicality has become known for challenging the modern perception of altered beauty.

She said: “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

Due to a doctor’s negligence at her birth, Moskalova spent most of her childhood in and out of hospitals. This accident led to a lasting problem with her left leg. In 2007, she had a voluntary below-the-knee leg amputation to improve her mobility and safeguard her future health. Her physicality has become known for challenging the modern perception of altered beauty.

She said: “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

Moskalova

2012 Summer Paralympics closing ceremony

Moskalova performed as the ‘Snow Queen’ to a live performance of “42” by Coldplay at the 2012 Summer Paralympics closing ceremony in London directed by Kim Gavin in a ‘Winter’ section together with 6 warrior skaters from Dancing On Ice. Her performance wearing a Swarovski crystal-covered prosthetic leg was written about in The Times, Grazia and Look magazines.

“Forget what anyone said you can’t do. Only you know what you are capable of and only you know who you truly are. Stay honest and look for things and people that make you happy.”

See the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jA8inmHhx8c

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viktoria_Modesta

Photo credit: msdeegan / IWoman / CC BY

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