Woman with longest nails hasn't cut them since 1997 - and everyone asks same thing

Diana Armstrong
-Credit: (Image: Guinness World Records)

Diana Armstrong from Minnesota, US, has become a record-breaker with her extraordinary fingernails, which haven't seen a clipper since 1997.

Her nails, if laid end to end, would stretch over an impressive 13 metres, earning her the Guinness World Record for the longest women's fingernails on record in 2022.

Armstrong's nails have grown so long they touch the ground, and she enjoys decorating them with various colours. The official Instagram account of Guinness World Records highlighted her achievement, stating: "The combined length of Diana's fingernails is longer than a standard yellow school bus! Diana has been growing her fingernails for over 25 years!"

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Curiosity has peaked on social media, with many users fixated on the practicalities of her daily life. One person questioned: "How does she wipe? Genuine curiosity."

Another pondered: "The wiping was my first thought but has she ever worked? Like, there's no way you could legit do anything herself."

A third added their voice to the conversation: "How does she get anything done at all, like anything, including fitting into a car? Or clothes."

However, Armstrong addressed these curiosities after breaking the record, explaining in an interview: "Well you know, when I go to the bathroom it'll be the same as anyone else going to the bathroom, just I work with my nails probably in a different way they'd work with theirs.

"I use a lot of toilet paper. I don't wrap it around my hand like some people do, I can't do it like that, because it ain't going to work that way."

The questions for Armstrong didn't stop there, as one person asked her: "How many bottles of nail polish does it take," while another chimed in: "Why was i thinking those were dreadlocks."

Others asked why Armstrong had decided to grow her nails so long – and there's a heartbreaking tale behind the decision. On the day she vowed never to trim the talons again, she had asked her children to wake up while she went to the supermarket.

But while she was out, her youngest daughter called her and revealed her 16-year-old, Latisha, wouldn't wake up. It was then she discovered her child had sadly passed away in her sleep from an asthma attack.

Armstrong previously said: "That was the worst day of my life." She had always had long nails which would be lovingly manicured by Latisha each weekend.

"She was the only one who did my nails. She polished them and filed them for me," she said. Armstrong, who suffered from depression for the decade after her daughter's death, said keeping her nails long was her way of honouring her daughter and keeping her memory alive.