You may be familiar with Lee Redmond, the woman who earned herself a Guinness World Record for owning the longest ever fingernails on a pair of female hands – having not cut her nails since 1979.
At their longest, her talons reached a combined total of 8.65m (28ft 4in), which is as long as a school bus.
The longest individual nail was the right thumb, which grew to a staggering 90 cm (2ft 11in) long.
Redmond started growing her nails in late 1978 to early 1979 and although she had originally planned to have them cut off on November 22, 2006 (as she said on her guest appearances on a couple of talk shows), she chose to keep her nails after all.
She used to dip them in warm olive oil every day and uses bottle after bottle of strengthening and polish to keep them in top condition.
One thing Lee used her Guinness World Records title holder status for was to give motivational speeches: “One of the greatest things that I have done with them is going around to the junior high schools and talking about self-esteem. I go to self-esteem classes and tell the kids, ‘It’s OK to be different, as long as you are not hurting anyone.’ And because, heaven knows, they need self-esteem.”
END OF FATE
In the end, fate made the decision for Lee. In early 2009, while a passenger in a vehicle, Lee was involved in a crash that saw all of her nails snapped off. Today, she keeps the nails in a zip-loc bag as a memento of her time as a record-breaker
In a Huffington Post story published on September 3, 2009, it was stated that: “Lee Redmond, who lost the fingernails in February, says it’s now much easier to do things and her hands seem to fly with the weight of the nails gone. The 68-year-old won’t grow her nails out again
CURRENT FEMALE RECORD HOLDER
The accident means that while Lee still holds the record for the longest ever, she doesn’t hold the current record – which belongs to Ayanna Williams.