‘I tattooed 90% of my skin to cover scars from brutal college initiation
A WOMAN who tattooed 90% of her body to cover the scars of a brutal college induction says she is proud of her transformation.
Nikki Chu was beaten and burned as a teenager by a group of men during vicious hazing rituals at the University of the Philippines.
The transgender model says she nearly died after being targeted for suspecting she wasn’t straight.
She says some members of the group were frustrated because she was dating a woman they liked.
Nikki suffered “unbearable” pain after the group violently punched and kicked him repeatedly.
They also dropped a glowing coin on his chest which had been heated with charcoal.
She told the daily star“The damage was very extensive and my legs and thighs were split. I needed dozens of stitches.”
In a move to cover her scars, Nikki decided to cover herself in permanent body art to hide the “imperfections” created during the brutal beatings.
After a plastic surgeon warned her that any medical procedure would make her tattoo look functional, she received a phoenix on her chest for her first tattoo.
Now she wears a full suit which symbolizes a Japanese criminal organization – the Yakazas.
She thinks she is the only trans woman in the country to be 90% tattooed.
Three years ago, Nikki transitioned from male to female at 49, but the process meant she was becoming alienated from her boyfriend and some family members who couldn’t accept her.
I just want people to understand there’s nothing wrong with people like me
Her surgery included a facelift, breast, chin and buttock implants as well as liposuction and a nose lift.
She now lives in Switzerland as fully as herself after living happily as a gay man with a Filipino partner for 14 years.
Nikki said, “One day I woke up, looked in the mirror and couldn’t recognize myself.”
“I was comfortable but that day I thought it wasn’t me.”
Living without judgment is important to her, and she hopes to overcome the barriers she feels placed on her by others.
She said, “I just want people to understand that there’s nothing wrong with people like me.”