Diana Armstrong, an American woman, holds the Guinness World Record for the “longest fingernails on a pair of hands (female)”. As confirmed on March 13 this year, Diana’s fingernails measure 1,306.58 cm (42 ft 10.4 in). Diana Armstrong has been growing her nails for the past 24 years, but during an interview with Guinness World Records, she revealed why she chose not to grow her nails to hold the world record.
Diana’s life took a turn for the worse when her daughter died in 1997. Armstrong said her daughter is the only person who will polish her nails. She said, “I have been growing my nails for 24 years. I went through something when my daughter died in ’97. She was the only one who did my nails. He polished them and filed them for me. My daughter was only 15 when she died of an asthma attack in her sleep. That was the worst day of my life.”
Grooming Diana’s nails was the last thing mother and daughter did together, and after her untimely death the old man couldn’t bring himself to cut his nails. Diana added, “He did my nails the night before and we stayed up all night. So I couldn’t cut my nails after that.
Initially, Diana did not let her other children know why she decided to grow her nails.
“My other kids always told me to cut my nails but I told them to ‘mind your own business’. They never knew why I was growing them because I didn’t tell anyone. I always kept it to myself,” she explained.
Diana added that growing nails was a way to keep her daughter close. “It’s only because of my daughter that it’s a part of me after she died. I’ve always held it close like that.” She thinks her nails are beautiful despite anyone telling us otherwise. Moreover, Diana confirmed that she would never cut her nails even if she was offered one hundred thousand dollars for it.
Watch the interview below:
The record for longest fingernails on a pair of hands was previously held by Lee Redmond. She was also from America and managed to grow her nails to a combined length of 865 cm (28 ft 4 in).
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