In a world where people have become hypercritical of their appearance, one woman has chosen to go through the ultimate body modification.
Eva Tiamat Medusa, 56, describes herself as the "most modified transsexual in the world," due to her decision to transition into a female dragon.
Born Richard Hernandez at birth, Medusa was diagnosed with HIV in 1997, and decided she wouldn't die as a male human.
"I myself know what it’s like to be at that point. Before my transformation I was vice president of one of the largest banks in the U.S. and I left when because I became HIV positive and feared I was going to die," Medusa told The Wizard of Odd TV.
"My big thing though was I didn’t want to die in this world looking like a human," she added.
Her extravagant transformation includes having tattooed scales throughout her body, a split tongue and implanting eight horns on her head.
"I have eight horns on my forehead; I have had my ears removed; my nose reshaped; most of my teeth removed; I’ve had the white-part of my eyes stained; my tongue bifurcated; my whole face is tattooed and I’ve had some scarification and branding on my chest and wrist," Medusa said.
But Medusa is quick to add she isn't done with her body modification just yet.
Medusa still plans to spend another $40,000 to further her reptilian-like look.
"My greatest desire in life is to continue my body modification until my metamorphosis is complete," she said. "This is what drives me – this is the reason why I get up every day and live."
However, she is quick to add that just because she altered her appearance, she has no qualms with regular humans.
"I decided at that time, that it was time for a change in my life, so I wanted to look like something that wasn’t human," Medusa said.
Now identifying as trans-species, Medusa vocalized her support for starting an open dialogue about the world of body modification.
"I hope that my story will help other people – not only those who have gone through hard times, but also people who have lost hope," she concluded.
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