Meet Maria Jose Cristerna. She's a mother of four, an artist, a tattoo parlor owner and a former lawyer from Guadalajara, Mexico.
She goes about her life, working and caring for her children just like everybody else, except for one thing.
Cristerna holds the Guinness World Record for female with the most tattoos and body modifications.
Known as the "Mexican Vampire Woman," she has 49 body modifications, covering almost her entire body with ink, piercings and implants. And yes, those are titanium horns embedded in her skull and fangs implanted into her gums.
Inevitably, she gets stopped and photographed almost everywhere she goes and has even been immortalized by Ripley's Believe It or Not!, which casted her body for a lifelike wax statue. Most recently, she was photographed at the "Expo Tatoo Venezuela" in Caracas on January 29.
But while her outside appearance may attract lots of attention and be shocking to some, her reasons for getting the modifications should be enough to make anyone think twice before judging.
Cristerna told media outlets she first began modifying her body after finding the courage to leave her abusive husband of 10 years.
"All I did was bring what was in me out. It's what I always was beforehand," says Cristerna in the video below. "I could breathe, as many women can breathe when they wake up in the morning and have a coffee without feeling as if someone is going to squeeze their throat."
Cristerna has even become a face for fighting domestic violence, often speaking out on the topic.
"At first people were interested in my looks because it was cool, because it attracts attention and because it's something different," Cristerna is quoted as saying in a Sky News article. "But I see it as something good among all the bad, because I'm giving a message. I won't be able to change the thinking of the entire world, but I'm always there to help the people that need it."
But besides speaking out against domestic violence, and getting a ton of attraction for her appearance, Cristerna told Reuters.com that she enjoys life with her kids and new husband.
“I’m a traditional woman who likes to look after her family,” she told Reuters.
Now, check out some more amazing photos from Cristerna's Facebook below.
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