|Birth name||Viktorija Moskaļova|
|Born||25 February 1988|
Daugavpils, Latvian SSR, USSR
|Genres||Electronic, pop, dance|
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, performance artist, model, actress|
Modesta was born in Daugavpils in 1988 where she learned singing aged six at a local music school. Moskaļova moved with her family from Latvia to the United Kingdom when she was 12 years old. 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.
On 10 January 2015 Viktoria signed with IMG Models worldwide.
Moskalova attended a performance art school from the age of 6 in Daugavpils, Latvia studying piano, vocal performance and sheet music. In 2009, she launched her first 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. The show was broadcast on Channel 4.
On 19 March 2010 Moskalova released her first EP titled EP1.
On 12 December 2014, she launched a collaboration with Channel 4 for the campaign Born Risky, branding her as the world's first "Bionic Pop Artist" supported by the track "Prototype" released on Spotify for streaming. The video for the campaign was directed by Saam Farahmand. The video has received global attention, with over 12 million views on YouTube as of June 2019[update] and over 16 million on Channel 4's Facebook page. The story was publicised worldwide throughout news networks publications such as i-D Magazine, Upworthy, Forbes and Elle Magazine USA. The video for "Prototype" received a Silver Lion Award at the Cannes Film Festival.
MIT Media Lab
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.
In 2017, Moskalova appeared in the second episode of the third season of the SyFy Network's "Killjoys" as a "Hackmod" named Niko, featuring several of her iconic prosthetic legs. The soundtrack for the episode featured multiple occurrences of Moskalova's "Prototype" single.
- Viktoria Modesta Moskalova: The Modern Perception Of Altered Beauty, 5election, Retrieved 26 November 2016
- "Modesta kāju zaudējusi Latvijas ārstu nolaidības dēļ" (in Latvian). Delfi.lv. 16 December 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
- Unconventional Beauty Article[permanent dead link], Yahoo
- 'Christmas Issue' 2009
- June issue 2008
- SKINTWO issue 58
- Music Week playlist 20 July 2009
- Channel 4 listing
- Only You on iTunes
- iD magazine article Archived 25 January 2013 at Archive.today
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- Blankson, Alix (15 March 2012). "New Music—The gorgeous Viktoria Modesta". Planet Notion. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
- "Bionic Showgirl shakes up cabaret" (with video, 1 min, 45 secs). BBC News. 9 June 2019.
- Announcement[permanent dead link]
- The Times article
- Grazia Magazine Article
- Look Magazine article Archived 3 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine
- Viktoria Modesta blog post regarding her appearance on Killjoys 12 May 2017, Retrieved 9 July 2017
- Tv-Eh Article 6 July 2017, Retrieved 9 July 2017
- "Counterflow – EP by Viktoria Modesta". iTunes. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
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