'I have always been very different': Mexican lawyer undergoes extreme body modification to become Vampire Lady.
From: DAILY MAIL UK By TARA BRADY
No-one dares to cross Maria Cristerna, dubbed The Vampire Lady.
The 35-year-old who grew up in a deeply religious family is covered head-to-toe in tattoos, had dental work so she appeares to have fangs and has even had titanium horns inserted into her head.
People used to walk on the other side of the road when they saw her coming.
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But the former lawyer turned video jockey has said she has always been different.
Miss Cristerna grew up and still lives in Guadalajara, Mexico, one of the most notorious ghetto neighbours in the country where violent gang culture is rife.She also endured many years of domestic abuse.
But that has not stopped Miss Cristerna being the person she wants to be.
Despite her striking looks, the mother-of-four gives talks on domestic violence to women who have suffered the same ordeal as her in the city.
Her busy schedule also sees her travelling the world as a video jockey alongside her close pal and DJ partner on the decks Gis Sanchez.
A close friend said: 'In the early days local people and anyone from the community would cross the street when she passed, making cross gestures as if she was the devil or was possessed.
'People feared her immensely and were understandably intimidated by her presence.
'Many thought she was on drugs or crazy! But now they kiss her hand when they meet her.
'Many almost worship her and take her blessings like she is some kind of goddess with mystical powers.'
Miss Cristerna is in Vienna, Austria, this weekend taking part in an event called Wildstyle - a tattoo convention.
Miss Cristerna said: 'I am expressing beauty through my art for the world to see.
'God lives inside of me and I believe it is what I do daily for others and my actions that make me who I am, not how I look or my appearance.
'Yes I like people to look at me but I am a product of my experiences and what I have seen around me since very young. I have always been different!
'We all have the power to change the world if that is what we choose to do.
'Even if it is just changing your own world or circumstances. We have the power within us all'.
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