|Birth name||Viktoria Modesta Moskalova|
February 27, 1987|
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, artist, model|
Viktoria Modesta Moskalova (born on 27 February 1987) is a British singer-songwriter and model.
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 began modelling at the age of fifteen. She has appeared on subculture magazine covers such as Bizarre and Skin Two. In 2008, she took Torture Garden Clothing to Zagreb for the high fashion week "Croa Porter" show.
Her nude portrait by James Stroud was featured in the National Portrait Gallery.
Moskalova picked up her musical roots in 2002 and took a one-year course for vocal technology at London Music School. In 2009, she launched musical writing collaborative project with musician/producer Nik Hodges. Their first written track "Jane Bond" was featured in Music Week Playlist. In May 2010, Moskalova was selected as one of the six best unsigned artists in the UK by Evo Music Rooms presented by Edith Bowman, broadcast on Channel 4.
Moskalova has been mixing her fashion work with music performing at London Fashion Week 2009 in a finale of Ziad Ghanem and Firetrap's fashion show "THE IMMORALIST".
On 28 May 2012 Moskalova put out a digital, independent release of her debut single "Only You", which was featured by iD, Wonderland and Notion magazines.
On 12 December 2014 Launched a collaboration with Channel 4 for the campaign Born Risky presenting her as worlds first Bionic Pop Artist supported by a track "Prototype" released on Spotify for streaming. The video for the campaign video was designed and directed by Saam Farahmand.
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.