London: A transgender former banker claims to be the first and only person to have both ears cosmetically removed as part of her ongoing quest to become a ‘dragon’.
Born Richard Hernandez in Maricopa County, Arizona, the 55-year-old has undergone a number of painful procedures over the past few years including nose modification, tooth extraction and eye colouring.
She also has a forked tongue and a full-face tattoo as part of her transformation into a ‘mythical beast’.
On her website, Tiamat explains: ‘I am the Dragon Lady, A pre-op M2F (male to female) transgender in the process of morphing into a human dragon, becoming a reptoid as I shed my human skin and my physical appearance and my life as a whole leaving my humanness behind.
She adds that she wants to embrace her ‘most natural self awareness as a mythical beast.’
Tiamat has a large Facebook following, has given interviews on YouTube to outlets specialising in body modification and regularly posts inspirational quotes.
On a recent photo of herself, she wrote: ‘I don’t care what people say about me or my views, and if I have to I will defy and stand alone against the world, but never will I make any compromise to my integrity.’
On another, she wrote: ‘I am what I am. I am my own special creation.’
Despite not having undergone gender reassignment surgery, she says she is dealing with some ‘serious gender dysphoria’ and ‘loves’ her 36B chest.
She recently shared a series of ‘before and after’ transformation photographs spanning from 1990 to 2016, showing her taking on a number of different identities – starting as a man called Richard Fernandez with dark hair and a moustache, and gradually taking on more surgery and inking.