Pointed: Melynda Moon paid £250 for ‘elven ears’
Melynda Moon, 23, believes she comes from a different realm and was a fairy in her past life.
She paid £250 for the operation that she feels will put her back in touch with her mythical side.
Ms Moon – who also had her name changed by deed poll – had the tops of her ear cartilage skinned and pieces cut from the tips to form points.
This gave her ears the triangular tips characteristic of the magical figures in her favourite film, The Lord Of The Rings.
The treatment lasted two hours.
Stitches holding the whole ensemble together stayed in for a couple of weeks to allow the skin to fuse – and the result was fully ‘elven’ ears.
Ms Moon has also had a subdermal implant in her hand which represents the Triforce symbol for the Legend of Zelda.
The model, from Guelph in Onatrio, said: ‘Pointed ears are the most adorable thing, and I find the elven attire is so elegant.
‘My inspiration comes from The Lord Of The Rings: the long hair, dresses and the closeness to nature.
‘I have always been very close to nature. When I found out I could have my ears pointed I have never been so sure of something in my entire life.’
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Creating the look: Ms Moon underwent a two-hour operation to have her ears cut and reshaped
Before: Ms Moon’s ear in its former shape
Ms Moon continued: ‘I am drawn to elves because of their innocence, elegance and free spirit. They are a symbol of love and laughter.‘
She described the treatment as ‘a bit uncomfortable the day after’ and confessed that her ears ‘were really swollen and sore with a slight burning sensation’.
But she added: ‘It was completely worth it.
‘I have a handful of people assume I am dressed up because I have put on pointed ears,’ she said.
‘When I tell them they are real, they look pretty confused as if they are waiting for me to say ‘just kidding’ – but I am not.’
‘Obsession’: Ms Moon says she has been a fan of mythological creatures since she was a child and believes she was a fairy in a former life
Ms Moon said she had been ‘obsessed with all things mythical’ since childhood.
As a teenager, she said, she would use makeup and hair dye to make herself look ‘elven’ and even used Photoshop to make her ears look pointed
She said of her operation, which she underwent in August 2011: ‘I have always had fantasies about what it would be like to be something other than human, so I decided to change my appearance to look supernatural.
‘Now I will never go back to being human. I just lack the glitter and wings to fly.’
Ms Moon said some of her friends use her to get their children to behave around Christmas.
She said: ‘Some people like to tell their kids to stop being bad because they know an elf who’ll tell Santa they’re being bad.
‘Then their children see my ears and realise their parents aren’t joking.’