Woman With World’s Longest Fingernails Cuts Them Short For The First Time In Almost 30 Years

Posted by Abdul Rafay in News On 13th April 2021
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Ayanna, the woman with the world's longest fingernails, set a new record for the longest fingernails on a pair of hands (female) with a new length of 733.55 cm (24 ft 0.7 in) since allowing them to expand from their initial confirmation in 2017.

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In 2017, Ayanna Williams of Houston, Texas, was awarded a Guinness World Record for the longest fingernails on a pair of hands (female), which measured an incredible 18 feet. She didn't stop there, though.

She's continued to develop her nails through the years, finally reaching a length of 24 feet. Unfortunately, after breaking her record, it was time to leave.

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Dr. Allison Readinger of Trinity Vista Dermatology in Forth Worth used an electric rotary tool on Ayanna's nails after one final check. She'd been growing them for the past 28 years.

As per a Guinness World Records press release, Ayanna said, ‘I’ve been growing my nails for a few decades now. I’m so, so ready for a new life. I know I’m going to miss them, but it’s just about that time – it’s time for them to go.’

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Ayanna's desire to grow her nails to record-breaking lengths stemmed from a childhood obsession with nail painting. It took her a few days and three or four bottles of nail polish the last time she painted her big nails. Over the years, the public has responded in a variety of ways, but the majority of people have been supportive.

She explained: 

I have this thing that I do with children when they come up to me and they say, ‘Are those your nails?’ and I say, ‘Yeah’ and then I ask and I say, ‘How old are you?’ and they say, ‘I’m 10 or I’m seven’ and I say, ‘Guess how old my nails are? They’re like 28 – 29 years! They’re older than you!’

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However, as she struggled to complete daily tasks, she realized it was time to move on. ‘I have to be very cautious about my movements. So, in my head, I'm normally planning for the next step I need to take to ensure that I don't injure myself or break my nails. 'I'm looking forward to new beginnings, so I'm looking forward to cutting my nails,' she said.                                         

Her nails, on the other hand, will not be discarded; they will be preserved and shown at the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum in Orlando, Florida, much to Ayanna's delight.

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She said, ‘It’s gonna be awesome. It’s going to be like the wax of myself even though it’s just my nails. I can’t wait to see that, for real. I’m going to be grinning from ear to ear. Just really think about it, it’s amazing.’

Ayanna added, ‘With or without my nails, I will still be the queen. My nails don’t make me, I make my nails!’

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