You can find beauty wherever and whenever you search for it. Beauty shows itself in many shapes and shades. You can be surprised by what you find beautiful.
There is Universal Beauty! You will mainly find it in nature, monuments, people’s actions, etc.
Beauty hides itself, in who we are and how we react to certain situations. There is the inside beauty and the outside beauty. The inside beauty reflects on the outside and vise versa.
Here is a person that shows great courage and beauty, by letting us see her as she is.
Viktoria Modesta was born in USSR in 1987, she moved to London at the young age of 12 years old. She had a total of 15 operations due to her poor health. At the age of 20, she made the difficult decision to have her leg amputated.
She pursued her dreams of becoming a model, musician and artist. Her nude portrait by JAMES STROUD was nominated at The National Portrait Gallery.
Viktoria worked with a prosthetic designer at The Alternative Limb Project, creating five very fashionable limbs. Here is what she says about it:
“Initially, after my voluntary operation, I mostly wanted to get a leg that provided balance to my body in its shape. Three years after the amputation, I then saw it as an opportunity to regard the leg as a fashion item and an art project which seemed rather fun and exciting.
My natural curiosity and strong belief that it’s important to take control of your own body and most importantly improve it or reflect your personality through altered body image, meant that facing a life of physical deformity and acceptance of the cards that were dealt to me wasn’t an option I wanted to take. I was very sure that by losing my natural damaged limb I would gain better health and most importantly control over it all.”
You might have come across her music video: Prototype. She performed at many events to make herself known. It all payed off, as she performed at the Paralympic Closing Ceremony of 2012.
She is a great example, that determination is all in the mind.