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The Woman With The Longest Fingernails In The World

Updated: Jun 19, 2020

  • Ayanna Williams is the 2018 Guinness World Record holder for having the longest fingernails in the world.

  • The Houston, Texas native has been growing her fingernails for over 20 years.

  • Each nail ranges from 20 – 26 inches long for a combined length of 18 feet, 10.9 inches.

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It's a Guinness Book of World Record staple, the world’s longest fingernails. There is a whole subculture of people across the world that grow their nails to an extreme length that is entirely fascinating for everyone who tries to keep their nails as trimmed as possible.

2018 was a big year for fingernails as the world record holder for the longest nails on a single hand, Shridhar Chillal, cut his nails after over 60 years of growth. But, it was also the year that we got a new world record holder for the longest fingernails on both hands.

Meet Ayanna Williams from Houston, Texas. She has been growing her fingernails for over 20 years. Each of her nails are at least 20 inches long with some reaching as much as 26 inches.


The combined total of all ten nails is an astounding 18 feet and 10.9 inches in length, good enough to land her in the 2018 Guinness Book of World Records.


iwonder's TV’s own Travis Hoefle met up with Williams and found out some of the answers to our burning questions regarding extremely long fingernails.

“My nails do hurt,” says Williams, “because they're so long and they have acrylic on the top, and they have a thin layer of acrylic underneath.


That does make them a little heavier. So, sometimes the weight does bother me. I'm not gonna say that it doesn't because I would be lying to you.”


Williams assures us that she can accomplish anything with her nails at their outrageous length, it just takes a little longer. In the video below, she shows us how she can eat, and can still use her phone.


“I take things at my own pace. It may take me a little longer than the average person would because of my nails, but I get it done.”


In regards to the biggest burning question all of us have, if she plans on cutting her nails, Williams says “It takes a lot of patience to grow nails to this length. But, I know one day I'm gonna cut them. And besides, I made the record, so I'm happy.”



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