Maria José, a Mexican woman with four kids, looks like something out of the Twilight films. She has piercings, teeth like a vampire and horns!
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“She’s known as vampire woman. Maria José Cristerna has spent years reinventing herself as something akin to the mistress of Count Dracula.
Covered in tattoes, she has dental fangs, titanium horn implants and over 30 piercings.
The lawyer and mother of four said she started her transformation when she was 21 years old.
– It is a way of growing by changing bit by bit and obviously this didn’t all just happen from one day to the next; it was personal motivation that made the difference, the way we mark ourselves is clearly different for each individual.
She wasn’t the only one pushing the limits at the International Tattoo Convention in Bogotá, Colombia.
Performance artists also drew the attention of crowds, hanging themselves from the ceiling with large hooks dug into their skin.
Organizers hope the event will change the way people think about those who choose to look, well, a little different.
– These events are really important because they open people’s minds and what we’re trying to do is get rid of the stigma about tattooing.
Beauty, as they say, is only skin deep. “
Piercings – (noun) the act or practice of decorating your body with jewelry or other objects that are attached directly to your skin.
Horns – (noun) one of the hard pointed parts that grows on the head of some animals.
Reinventing – (verb) to make major changes or improvements to (something).
Akin – (adjective) similar or related.
Fangs – (noun) a long, sharp tooth.
Implants – (noun) something placed in a person’s body by means of surgery.
Pushing the limits – going beyong the accepted norm
Drew – (verb) synonymous of attract
Hooks – (noun) a curved or bent tool for catching, holding, or pulling something
Stigma – (noun) a set of negative and often unfair beliefs that a society or group of people have about something.
At what age did Maria José start changing her body?
How many piercings does she have?
What do the performance artists use?
What do you think of tattoes and piercings?