|Elaine Davidson, in the Guinness Book of World Records|
as the world's most pierced woman
Why does Elaine Davidson, a Brazilian former nurse, aspire to be the world's most pierced woman? In her own words she doesn't even like being pierced.
When I saw Elaine Davidson walking down a street in Edinburgh Scotland I couldn't resist asking to photograph her and finding out more about her existence as the world's most pierced woman.
Just 10 years ago Elaine Davidson had 462 piercings, with her face being her primary 'artwork' with 192 piercings. One year later when examined by an official of the Guinness Book of World Records her piercings had almost doubled. In 2005 she was a feature at the Edinburgh Festival with 3,950 body piercings, 500 in and around her genitalia alone. In 2008 her piercings had reached 5,920, and just last year her total piercings had reached 6,725. Will she finally stop now that her 'jewellery' weighs more than three kilograms?
I wonder what my husband's elderly Scottish aunt would have said if she had seen Elaine Davidson holding court on an Edinburgh street on a midsummer's day. One of her favourite quotations was, "There's none so queer as folks".
Posted by Anne Gordon
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