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Woman with most extreme body modifications just got even more extreme

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This is María José Cristerna also known as The Vampire Woman, in a photo just taken at the Venezuela Tattoo International Expo in Caracas, Venezuela. She was considered the woman with the most tattooing and body modifications in the world, but that hasn't stopped her from getting even more.

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Don't get deceived by appearances: María José is a former lawyer, mother of four, tattoo artist, and survivor of domestic abuse. She is "normal" (whatever normal means to each of us) even while she doesn't look normal to most people.

And while she may be an extreme example today, in the not-so-far-away future millions will modify their bodies with implants, cybernetic parts, and genetic alterations for both aesthetic and practical reasons. Not all the modifications will be obvious and against the general beauty canon. In fact, some of those modifications will be designed to make some people fit into future beauty canons, just like breast or cheekbone implants do today. No matter their nature and ultimate objective, body modifications will become more common until, at one point, they will be seen as the norm and not the exception.

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New tribes and races will rise in megalopolis all over the world. María José is just the vanguard of the new world to come.

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larsvargas
Lars Vargas was hoping 2020 would be quieter

I've gotta be honest here ... not my cup of tea. But she's not doing it for me. She's doing it for herself. As long as she's not jeopardizing her health (mental or physical) and she enjoys the extreme nature of her appearance, I applaud her. The dedication and planning it takes to do this is truly astonishing.