Transsexual ‘dragon lady’ who was born a man reveals how an HIV diagnosis inspired her to morph into a reptile, complete with a forked tongue and HORNS – because she ‘didn’t want to die a human’
Eva Tiamat Medusa, from Texas, has spent over $60,000 on transformation
Was born a man, Richard Hernandez, but HIV diagnosis changed his life
Now the 56-year-old claims to be the world’s ‘most modified transsexual’
Has tattooed scales onto skin, reshaped nose, and removed part of ears
Still plans to undergo a further $40,000-worth of procedures
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By Luke Kenton
Tiamat The Dragon Lady spoke to iwonder TV about her relentless lifestyle.
A tattoo enthusiast has laid claim to being the ‘most modified transsexual in the world’.
Eva Tiamat Medusa, from Bruni, Texas has spent more than $60,000 (£42,000) to resemble a dragon – complete with a forked tongue, tattooed scales and eight ‘horns’ on her head – as seen in these extraordinary images.
In 1997, Tiamat The Dragon Lady was living as a man and working as a vice president for one of America’s leading banks, but a HIV diagnosis changed Tiamat’s – named Richard Hernandez at the time – life course, and she was determined ‘not to die a human’.
Leaving the corporate world behind, Tiamat began morphing into the reptilian form she’d always longed to have, claiming that after being abandoned by her parents at the age of five, she was ‘born again’ under the care of the western diamondback rattlesnake.
The now 56-year-old began her transformation with a series of scale tattoos before later having her nose re-shaped, ears removed and the whites of her eyes permanently stained green – all costing an estimated $60,000 (£42,000).
But with a further $40,000 (£28,000) worth of modifications still planned, The Dragon Lady opened up about her ‘trans-speciesism’ to iwonder TV in the hope that it will break down the boundaries for others like her.
The Dragon Lady said: ‘For me, my transformation is the greatest journey of my life.
‘There are profound reasons and deep meanings about my transformation and why I’m doing it.
‘I have two mothers: One is my original birth mother and my second birth is to my reptilian parents, which are the rattlesnakes.
‘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.
‘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.
‘My big thing though was I didn’t want to die in this world looking like a human.
‘As much awesomeness and goodness there is in humans, compared to other species they are the most destructive and hateful.
‘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.
‘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.
‘I would like for there to be an open dialogue about the world of body modification and understand what it was like to live as a gay-man for 53-years and now as a transsexual woman.
‘There’s a lot of misunderstanding about what it means to be transsexual and then further than that – something that I’m introducing – the idea of trans-speciesism.
‘I consider myself not just to be human anymore; I’m human and reptilian.
‘My greatest desire in life is to continue my body modification until my metamorphosis is complete.
‘This is what drives me – this is the reason why I get up every day and live.’