Thu 08 April 2021:
Ayanna Williams, a world record holder for woman with the longest fingernails had them sawed off last weekend.
Houston resident, grew her nails for 28 years, Guinness World Records said in a press release. They were more than 24 feet long when she traveled to Fort Worth for the cut.
Ayanna broke the Guinness World Record for the world’s longest fingernails in 2017, when they measured nearly 19 feet long. It took her more than two bottles of nail polish and 20 hours to do her manicure then.
Williams went for the snip because she was having trouble completing basic tasks, such as doing dishes or putting sheets on a bed, according to Guinness. Still, she said it was a tough decision.
Before getting them cut over the weekend, she got one final measurement: 24 ft, 0.7 in. That manicure took three to four bottles of nail polish over the course of a few days.
Williams got the task done at a dermatology office in Fort Worth, Texas, where an electric rotary tool was used for her first nail cut since the early 1990s.
“With or without my nails, I will still be the queen,” Williams said, according to Guinness. “My nails don’t make me, I make my nails!”
“With or without my nails, I will still be the queen. My nails don’t make me, I make my nails!”
— Guinness World Records (@GWR) April 7, 2021
She also nailed the next move: selling them to Ripley’s Believe It or Not for an undisclosed price, according to a press release from the bizarro exhibition company. They’ll be on display at Ripley’s Orlando location beginning Friday.
Until now, Williams was unable to do some activities, such as washing the dishes and putting sheets on a bed. She said her new goal is to encourage the next history-making nail enthusiast to go for a Guiness World Records title.
The women’s record for longest nails ever belongs to Lee Redmond, who grew her nails longer than 28 feet but Redmond lost them in an automobile accident in 2009, according to Guinness World Records.
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