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Longest fingernails (female)

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  • Who: Chris "The Dutchess" Walton

  • What: Longest fingernails (female)

  • Where: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

The longest fingernails in the world today belong to Christine Walton from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Originally measured as the new record holder in February 2011, Walton’s nails at that time measured a combined 6.019 m (19 ft 1 in). After getting measured again in 2013, Walton’s nails had grown to a combined 7.314 m (23 ft 11 in).

The 45 year-old, who is also a talented singer going by the stage name "The Dutchess," hasn't cut her fingernails since 1990.

"I never made a conscious decision to grow the nails, but with all my children and the music commitments I guess it was easier to let the nails grow. Then one day I look down and they're like 9 inches long!" 

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Walton insists the nails don't prevent her from living a normal life; she can still braid hair, cook and drive. However, she does confess to struggling when shopping for clothes.

"I'll see the cutest shirts, and they'll have these skinny arms and I know that my nails would just rip straight through them." 

At the time of her last measurement, the nails on The Dutchess’ right hand measured a combined 3.689 m (12 ft 1 in) and those on her left a total of 3.625 cm (11 ft 10 in). Her longest individual nail is the right thumbnail, at an astonishing 107 cm (3 ft 8 in).

The grandmother took the title from much-loved record holder Lee Redmond (below), who sadly lost her nails in a car crash in early 2009. Redmond still holds the record for the longest fingernails ever, as she had grown them to a combined 8.65 m (28 ft 4.5 in) long before losing them.

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To add some perspective, the length of The Dutchess’ fingernails are the equivalent of:

-One killer whale

-Two mini coopers

-Five average adult arm spans

-A president’s nose on Mount Rushmore,

-The entire length of the average 12-year-old boy's intestines

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The Dutchess realizes just how unique both she and her record are.

"To be recognized for my record-breaking fingernails is really special.  It's important that we celebrate difference.  To be different is a blessing."


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