Multimedia performance pop artist Viktoria Modesta is decisively breaking out of the mold. Besides her stunning beauty, enticing pop lyrics and edgy style, she is a true bionic woman (Modesta has a prosthetic leg).
Born in the USSR in 1987 she battled a troublesome childhood and continual health issues due to an accident after birth and eventually moved to London with her family at the age of 12. At twenty years old she made a courageous decision to have her leg amputated in order to enhance her quality of life. Since the operation Modesta had chosen not to be the victim of her circumstance, but instead to embrace her disability and use it to promote her artistic expression and her identity as a ‘superhuman’.
Shortly after her surgery, Modesta began exploring the limits of her body and pushing the boundaries of her physical potential through music and performance. It was in London’s fetish underground club culture, mingling with diverse music and fashion icons, where she honed her misfit identity and focused on carving out her own niche in music, modeling and conceptual art. She began working with the Alternative Limb Project to co-create beautiful and striking prosthetic legs that look more like sculptural art pieces than prosthetics.
Last year Modesta collaborated with Channel 4 on the Born Risky project and wrote and performed in the music video Prototype (directed by Saam Farahmand). In the video Modesta moves with the presence and confidence of a prima ballerina; her music is empowering, sending the message to girls (and boys) of self-acceptance and challenging them to question modern perceptions about altered and anomalous beauty.
Modesta performs at international fashion and club events all over the world including: LOVEBOX, Milan Fashion Week, and Harpers Bazaar and InStyle events. She has worked with legendary artists such as Vivienne Westwood, Paloma Faith, Ellen Von Unwerth and Bettina Rheims, and has been featured in international publications such as Vogue, iD, The New York Times and Grazia.