Minnesota Woman Wins Guinness World Record for “Longest Fingernails on a Pair of Hands Ever" After Growing Them for 25 Years

Minnesota Woman Wins Guinness World Record for “Longest Fingernails on a Pair of Hands Ever” After Growing Them for 25 Years

A Minnesota woman named Diana Armstrong has won the Guinness World Record for the “longest fingernails on a pair of female hands” and the “longest fingernails on a pair of hands ever” after growing her nails for over 25 years.

The 63-year-old’s hands’ combined length of nails is 42 feet, 10.4 inches, with her left pinky nail being her shortest at 3 feet, 7 inches, and her right thumb being the longest of all her claws at 4 feet, 6.7 inches.

After her teenage daughter, Latisha, died of an asthma attack in her sleep, Armstrong stopped trimming her nails. Latisha regularly manicured her mother’s nails and, after her death, Armstrong made a vow not to.

Armstrong told her local outlet, “Anytime I thought about cutting them off, it gave me chills like I’m going through that grief all over again. I didn’t want to go through that again, so I just kept them. It’s like keeping her close to me.”

“When I started growing them, it wasn’t to be in the Guinness Book Of World Records,” she added. “Now, since I am, I tell people, you shouldn’t judge people because you don’t know what people have gone through.”

Armstrong’s long nails have made ordinary chores like picking up things off the floor and zipping up clothes quite challenging. Her remedy? She used her toes.

“If I have to pick up money off the floor, I can pick up bills,” she noted. “But if I drop change on the floor, that will just stay down there!”

Armstrong has also given up driving since it is difficult for her to control a car with her fingernails.

Another complicated process is getting a manicure. Every four to five years, she goes to the nail salon. About 15 to 20 nail polish bottles and a woodworking tool for filing are needed.

“I think she [Latisha] would be proud of me because she’s the last one who did my nails,” Armstrong revealed. “That’s who I think of when I grow my nails is my daughter.”

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