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​Woman With Longest Nails In World Reveals How She Lost Them

​Woman With Longest Nails In World Reveals How She Lost Them

You may be familiar with Lee Redmond, the woman who earnt herself a Guinness World Record for owning the longest 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.

However, 79-year-old Redmond was sadly stripped of her title just over 10 years ago, when she was involved in a car accident.

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While Redmond thankfully survived the collision, having been sitting in the passenger seat when the SUV lost control and slammed into three other cars, her record-breaking nails did not.

Lee Redmond in 2006. Credit: Shutterstock
Lee Redmond in 2006. Credit: Shutterstock

Recalling the moment, she told the Mirror: "The first thing I spotted was a finger nail and I started crying."

Redmond, from Salt Lake City in Utah, told a witness at the scene about the importance of her nails, and the woman went to collect all of the pieces.

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Redmond now keeps the fragments of her nails in a plastic bag to remind her of their time as record holders, and so she can look back on her fame with pride.

She added: "It was just something I had to accept because I couldn't change anything.

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"The thing that bothered me was, it becomes your identify. I felt I had lost part of that."

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Credit: Shutterstock
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While Redmond still holds the record for the longest nails ever, thanks to the accident she no longer holds the current record, which now belongs to Ayanna Williams of Houston, Texas.

Redmond told Guinness shortly after the accident: "Losing my fingernails has been the most dramatic thing that's happened in my life.

"I think it was my grandson that said, 'Grandma, they are like your baby; you've taken care of them for 30 years and lost them in a second'."

Redmond may have been proud of her nails, but that's not to say they weren't without their problems.

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She has previously admitted simple tasks can be unsurprisingly difficult, such as going to the toilet on the plane; as she couldn't fit into the small cubicles, Redmond found herself not eating or drinking 24 hours before every long flight.

She also had to use long pencils with rubbers on the end of them to type, and said her tactic for going to the loo was straightforward: "Carefully."

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Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]