Published: Fri, October 04, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Why this homeless woman has become a social media sensation

Why this homeless woman has become a social media sensation

A homeless woman who dazzled the internet with her incredible opera singing in a Los Angeles subway station has reportedly been offered a recording contract.

The video, which has racked up almost 300,000 views since it was posted late Thursday, shows the blond woman in pigtails singing a handsome rendition of a Puccini aria as she stands on a metro platform with a cart and several bags. "4 million voices... sometimes you just have to stop and listen to one, to hear something handsome", wrote the LAPD on September 26.

CNN affiliate KABC spoke to Zamourka, and discovered that she's been homeless for a pair of years.

In the video that brought her fame, Zamourka can be seen singing as she pulls a cart full of items all while holding a large collection of bags.

Viewers have reached out through social media to offer Emily Zamourka, 52, housing in the form of an Airbnb.

As of Thursday, the footage has been viewed 1 million times, and two GoFundMe accounts for Zamourka have raised more than $94,000.

"I have people that feel sorry for me, but I don't want to be a burden to anybody", she told ABC 7. She taught music lessons, but she began to have serious health issues and later racked up huge medical bills which forced her to work several jobs to make ends meet.

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A gentleman ruined her violin 3 decades ago and then she experienced a wrist personal injury that stored her from actively playing, KABC described.

Zamourka, a classically trained violinist and pianist, moved to the United States from Russian Federation 30 years ago, CBS Los Angeles reports.

She also used to earn extra income by performing on a street in downtown Los Angeles before her instrument was stolen.

"I just can't believe that that's happening", Zamourka told reporters.

Zamourka, 52, stated she likes to sing in the subway due to the fact it feels like now being on phase.

"I want to thank the police officer who was so kind to me and made me gosh, I don't know, so famous", she said.

Zamourka instructed KABC that the outpouring of help has been a wonder. Zamourka told KNBC-TV. "Because it sounds so great".

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