Julia Gnuse

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The Illustrated Lady
Born Julia Gnuse
Flint, Michigan
Residence Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, California
Known for most tattooed woman in the world

Julia Gnuse, commonly known by the nickname The Illustrated Lady, born in 1959, has 95% of her body (including her face) covered in tattoos[1] and holds the Guinness Record for being the most tattooed woman in the world.[2] In her mid 30s, Gnuse developed porphyria, a condition in which sunlight results in blistering of the skin.[3] As the blisters often result in scarring, she began getting tattoos as a way to cover up the scars. However, the tattoos do not prevent the skin from blistering[4] as they are purely aesthetic.

She currently resides in Foothill Ranch, California.[5]

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  1. ^ National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, LONDON. "Amazing facts about tattoos". Retrieved 2007-05-16. 
  2. ^ Mark, Michelle. "SHOCK VALUE". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-05-06. 
  3. ^ http://www.aolnews.com/weird-news/article/guinness-applauds-julia-gnuse-worlds-most-tattooed-lady/19494161
  4. ^ "Larry King Interviews Dean Cain". Larry King Live. Season 2. Episode 4. January 3, 2002. CNN. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  5. ^ ePodunk. "Foothill Ranch". Retrieved 2007-05-06. 

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