Grandma sets new world record for longest fingernails after 25 years

Diana Armstrong, from Minnesota, has broken the record for a woman with the longest fingernails on a pair of hands.
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This Minnesota woman nailed the art of the manicure after 25 years of growth.

Diana Armstrong from the North Star state has won the Guinness World Records for the “longest fingernails on a pair of hands (female)” as well as “longest fingernails on a pair of hands ever (female).
Both of the 63-year-old’s hands have a combined nail length of 42 feet, 10.4 inches.

Her right thumb is the longest of all her individual claws, measuring 4 feet 6.7 inches, while her left pinky nail is her shortest at 3 feet, 7 inches long.

The last time Armstrong used a nail clipper was back in 1997.

She stopped trimming her talons following the death of her 16-year-old daughter, Latisha, who died in her sleep from an asthma attack. Latisha was the one who had regularly manicured her mother’s nails — but after her passing, Armstrong made a vow to never cut them again.
“Anytime I thought about cutting them off, it gave me chills like I’m going through that grief all over again. I didn’t want to go through that again, so I just kept them. It’s like keeping her close to me,” Armstrong told her local Fox outlet.

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Armstrong hasn’t cut her fingernails in 25 years. “I haven’t been to a nail salon in about 22 years. When they see me coming, they’d be like, ‘Oh no,’ ” Diana admitted.
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“When I started growing them, it wasn’t to be in the Guinness Book of World Records,” she added. “Now since I am, I tell people, ‘You shouldn’t judge people because you don’t know what people have gone through.’ “

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Armstrong’s long nails have made some simple tasks very difficult, such as picking up items off the ground and closing zippers. Her solution? Using her toes to grasp things off the floor.

  • New York Post

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