Chiara Dell'Abate, a 22-year-old Italian woman who goes by the name Aydin Mod, is in the process of transforming herself into a human cat. She has undergone 20 different body modifications, and her TikTok videos showcasing her transformation, complete with numerous piercings, have garnered a significant following.
An Italian woman has achieved her dream of "transitioning" into a cat through 20 body modifications, showcasing her transformation in TikTok videos that have amassed millions of views.
Despite facing criticism from detractors who have labeled her as "psychotic" and "disturbed," this woman, living her life as a real-life cat, maintains that she is entirely content with her chosen lifestyle.
"I'm thinking that I would be a pretty cool cat lady," remarked Chiara Dell'Abate, a 22-year-old known as Aydin Mod online, as she discussed her feline transformation with Media Drum World.
Her lifelong journey of body modifications began in Rome when she was just 11 years old, starting with her first piercing and the initiation of ear stretching.
In a span of five years, Aydin Mod accumulated over 72 body piercings, reminiscent of the character Pinhead from "Hellraiser."
Currently, she boasts over 20 body modifications, which encompass pierced nostrils, upper lip piercings, and inner labia piercings.
In a TikTok video that has amassed more than 65 million views, she is depicted flicking her bifurcated tongue through two openings located above her lips.
She also underwent cosmetic surgery to reduce excess skin or fat on her eyelids and had ten implants placed beneath the skin on both of her hands.
To finalize her distinctive appearance, she sports four horns, six genital beads, and eyeball tattoos, and has even undergone nipple removal.
Dell'Abate excitedly expressed her intentions to transform into a human kitten, "It's crazy to see how much the human body can change and what you can actually achieve from body modifications."
The avid cat enthusiast pointed out that her enduring Halloween-esque appearance was sparked by people who began likening her to a cat, despite her initial lack of intention to resemble one.
"I think becoming a cat lady is more appropriate for me as I don't really want to look like a cartoon character," explained Dell'Abate. "I have always loved cats, and I think I'll look really bold and fierce as a cat lady with the right body mods."
While the Italian woman already boasts several cat-like modifications, such as her pointed ears, permanent eyeliner, forehead implants, and claw-like nails, she acknowledges that her journey towards a full transformation into a "meow-tamorphosis" is far from complete.
"To achieve the full cat-like look, I will need a cat eyes lift or canthoplasty surgery to produce more elongated and naturally almond-shaped eyes, teeth reshaping, upper lip cut, more fillers," Dell'Abate explained.
"I'll put a thing called transdermal, which is like a huge micro dermal to attach a tail and definitely more tattoos."
In more straightforward words, she's evolving to be increasingly cat-like, not only in her physical appearance but also in her overall body alterations. These feline-inspired changes are in addition to the planned modifications she intends to make, like undergoing breast augmentation and acquiring more tattoos. She also envisions using a scalpel to create a slit in her septum.
Despite the multitude of surgeries (and tattoos), which may seem painful, Dell'Abate notes that she has grown accustomed to the experience.
"Procedures of any kind hurt a lot, but the pain is temporary and not a big deal to me," she explained.
Her distinctive appearance, resembling that of a human sphinx, has attracted its fair share of critics and detractors.
"God help us all," said a critical TikToker who saw a video of Dell'Abate poking her forked tongue through her lip piercings.
"I have so many questions … None of which I actually want answering," quipped another.
A third wondered, "When did your life going wrong."
"What happens inside someone's head that makes them think that is a good idea??" wrote another critic. "I'm genuinely curious.. how is that not just straight-up embarrassing?"
Another criticized, "There is a huge difference between self-modification and mutilation. She has been turned into a monster."
Nevertheless, the aspiring cat woman asserted that not all the feedback she has received has been adverse.
"I receive a lot of kindness mostly," she insisted. "People write to me about how much I inspire them to be free and have changed their views on appearances and beauty."
Ultimately, Dell'Abate regards her body modifications as a means of self-expression, with less emphasis on how others perceive her (though this might be likened to a worldwide tour of personal privacy, a topic for another discussion).
"Through them (body mods), I feel free to stay true to myself, regardless of what people think," the womanscaper declared. "They make me feel good, and that's what matters."