US woman nails world record – for nails [Video Footage]
The 45-year-old Las Vegas professional singer known as “The Duchess” has been unveiled as the woman with the longest nails in the world – a combined length of nearly six metres.
Walton’s achievement was publicised today (NZ time) at the New York launch of the 2012 edition of the Guinness Book of Records.
News agency AFP reported that the nail on her ring finger is the length of a human arm, her left pinky the length of a fire hydrant.
The nails on her left hand are 3.09 metres long in total while on the right they are 2.92m.
Stuart Claxton, a spokesman for the Guinness Book of Records, called her a “unique beauty.”
Walton, who has been growing the nails for 18 years, says she doesn’t drink milk or stick to any other nail-friendly diet.
“Candy and a lot of patience,” she said was her secret.
She does have a problem getting anything out of a pocket, but she uses her knuckles to text on a mobile phone and adds zippers or buttons to sleeves so that she can put on jackets.
“I don’t swim, but it’s not the nails that stop me swimming. It’s a hair thing,” she told AFP.
She said she does her own nails and makeup and does household chores even though her nails twist and turn.
“I hate all the cleaning, but I do it. And the makeup, I only wear so much,” said Walton, who has also been working on a singing career while raising a family.
The previous record holder for longest nails was Lee Redmond of Salt Lake City, according to the Guinness World Records website. Redmond’s nails measured a total on 8.53 metres in 2008 but she lost her nails in a car crash the following year, the site said.
Claxton said the nails record, and other eye-popping achievements trumpeted in the Guinness Book of Records, had nothing in common with the kind of cruelty depicted in the movie The Elephant Man, where a deformed man is paraded as a human curiosity.
“The fact that the Dutchess has the longest fingernails is a fact. She’s a perfectly normal, rational woman,” Claxton said. “We’re actually celebrating these people.”