Julia Gnuse

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The Illustrated Lady
Born Julia Ann Gnuse
(1955-01-18) January 18, 1955 (age 61)
Flint, Michigan
Residence Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, California
Nationality US
Known for most tattooed woman in the world
Home town Lewistown, Missouri

Julia Gnuse (guh-NOO-see), commonly known by the nickname The Illustrated Lady, born in 1955, 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, which can get as deep as third degree burns.[4][5] A friend of Gnuse's who was a plastic surgeon had suggested she get her skin tattooed in a pale skin tone color, similar to the color of her scars. This was attempted but didn't turn out the way they had hoped.[5]

The tattoos do not prevent the skin from blistering[6] as they are purely aesthetic. Instead she decided to try colorful tattoos, consisting of a variety of themes including: her favorite cartoons, her favorite actors and even a self portrait.[7] Gnuse has appeared on the tv show Ripley's Believe it or Not.[8] She also had a small role in Aerosmith's music video for their song Pink.[9]

She resides in Foothill Ranch, California.

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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. ^ "HuffPost Weird News - Strange-But-True Stories from the Headlines". Aolnews.com. Retrieved 2016-04-24. 
  4. ^ Inked: Tattoos and Body Art around the World By Margo DeMello.p. 225
  5. ^ a b Murphy, Victoria (2010-05-28). "Meet the most tattooed lady in the world". mirror. Retrieved 2016-04-24. 
  6. ^ "Larry King Interviews Dean Cain". Larry King Live. Season 2. Episode 4. January 3, 2002. CNN. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  7. ^ Addicted to ink: The world's most tattooed woman flaunts her body art
  8. ^ Chick Ink: 40 Stories of Tattoos--And the Women Who Wear Them By Karen L. Hudson. p. 109
  9. ^ Orange Coast Magazine May 1999. p. 28

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