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'Real-life vampire' with 49 body modifications warns others about doing what she's done

Joe Harker

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'Real-life vampire' with 49 body modifications warns others about doing what she's done

Featured Image Credit: Guinness World Records

'Real-life vampire' María José Cristerna has warned people who might want to follow in her footsteps to be careful what they do to their body.

Mexico resident Cristerna has almost 50 body modifications and claims that 99 percent of her body is tattooed, leading Guinness World Records to say she is the most tattooed woman in the world.

She got her first tattoo at the age of 14 and a few years later, earned a degree in criminal law.

The decision to drastically alter her body was made after her first marriage, where she was a victim of domestic violence.

Maria Jose Cristerna is recognised by the Guinness World Records as the most tattooed woman in the world. Credit: REUTERS/Alamy Stock Photo
Maria Jose Cristerna is recognised by the Guinness World Records as the most tattooed woman in the world. Credit: REUTERS/Alamy Stock Photo

Deciding to modify her body as a signal of her strength and liberation, she has since racked up dozens of changes including a split tongue and implanted bumps in her head meant to represent a crown.

Although some call her a real-life vampire, she fortunately doesn't go in for drinking blood like some other individuals who claim they've really magical creatures of the night.

Speaking to Guinness World Records, Cristerna stressed the point that many of the ways people could change their bodies were not reversible, and thus shouldn't be done to keep up with fashionable trends.

She said: "The advice I would give is that you have to think about it a lot as it is irreversible.

"I love the way I look, but you have to understand that there are young people who are very open to tattoos and piercings and everything.

"It’s become fashionable, so we might get to a point where it’s not what we want anymore, and we might not like it anymore. So you have to think about it very hard in order to love it and be able to defend it your whole life."

Getting a major body transformation may seem cool in the moment, but just imagine living with it for the rest of your life and what it'll be like when you're 80 years old.

While she warned others to think very carefully before making permanent alterations to their body, Cristerna said she'd continue to get more tattoos and modifications for as long as her health allows.

Maria warned people wanting to modify their bodies that the changes would be permanent. Credit: REUTERS/Alamy Stock Photo
Maria warned people wanting to modify their bodies that the changes would be permanent. Credit: REUTERS/Alamy Stock Photo

While Cristerna has eye tattoos, she did say they were some of the most painful modifications she had, and the process can be dangerous in some cases.

An Instagram model who had her eyes tattooed was left blinded for three weeks and says she cried blue tears for two days after the 'torturous procedure' was completed.

She had to receive four syringe injections into each eyeball, and said it felt like 10 shards of glass had been rubbed into her eye every time she was injected.

However good you might think it looks, sometimes it just doesn't sound worth it at all.

Topics: World News, News, Guinness World Record

Joe Harker
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