Viktoria Modesta’s “bionic limb” video challenges our perceptions of disability in pop music


great video, dodgy pop song, but fair f*cks to her

The Stake

At 20, Viktoria Modesta had her left leg amputated below the knee.

As a singer and performer, Modesta’s talent is undeniable. But Modesta says that for years, “pop culture closed its doors on me as an amputee and alternative artist.” Instead of finding representation, she was asked to appear on The X Factor, an offer which she turned down repeatedly.

The Latvian born artist participated in the 2012 Paralympics Closing ceremonies in Britain. But she’s a pop artist, not an athlete; and with a disability, that changes everything. “In sports, ‘overcoming’ a disability makes you a hero,” Modesta told Britain’s Channel 4, “but in pop there is no place for these feelings.”

For her new son, Prototype, Channel 4’s in-house creative team put together the following video, which it aired in commercial for The X Factor. “Pop stars these days are painfully dull and manufactured,” said John Allison of…

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