Woman with longest nails hasn't cut them in 27 years – and everyone is wondering the exact same thing

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By Nasima Khatun

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People have been left asking the same question after finding out the woman with the longest nails hasn't cut them in 27 years.

Diana Armstrong, a Minnesota native, holds the record for longest fingernails ever recorded on a female as per the Guinness World Record.

The outlet confirmed that her talons measured a whopping 1,306.58 cm (42 ft 10.4 in) as of 13 March 2022, which is equivalent, if not longer, than the standard yellow school bus.

Her right thumbnail is the longest of all her nails, measuring 138.94 cm (4 ft 6.7 in). By comparison, her shortest nail (her left pinky fingernail) is 109.2 cm (3 ft 7 in) long.


So how did this come about?

Well, Armstrong last cut her nails in 1997 after a tragic accident saw the loss of her 16-year-old daughter.

It was just a normal day for her family.

She asked her kids to wake up before heading off to the grocery store. While she was there, she received a call from her other daughter who seemed panicked on the phone saying: "Ma, Tisha won’t wake up."

Armstrong went home, where she discovered that her daughter Latisha had died in her sleep due to an asthma attack.

"That was the worst day of my life," she added.

She now keeps her nails long in order to honor her late daughter.

"She was the only one who did my nails. She polished them and filed them for me," she said, noting that she battled depression for almost a decade after her daughter's death.

While the sentiment is very sweet and it is overall a pretty impressive accolade to hold, many have been asking a few questions online, with a handful of people asking the same thing: "How does she clean herself with those?"

"How does she wipe? Genuine curiosity," another added, while a third chimed in writing: "The wiping was my first thought but has she ever worked? Like, there’s no way you could legit do anything herself."

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Well, the answer is simple for Armstrong.

In an interview after clinching the record, she said: "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."

She continued: "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."

Elsewhere, she also opened up about how her children reacted to the long nails.

Initially, they were a little confused as to why their mom was growing her nails out so much, but when they heard that it was to honor their sibling, they accepted her decision.

"When she told us the back story, it kind of changed my feelings towards it," said Diana’s daughter, Rania. 

"Because just as much as she missed my sister, I missed her too. So, if that’s her way of holding on to her, then I accept."

Congratulations to Diana Armstrong on her world record!

Featured Image Credit: Maja Hitij/Getty

Woman with longest nails hasn't cut them in 27 years – and everyone is wondering the exact same thing

vt-author-image

By Nasima Khatun

Article saved!Article saved!

People have been left asking the same question after finding out the woman with the longest nails hasn't cut them in 27 years.

Diana Armstrong, a Minnesota native, holds the record for longest fingernails ever recorded on a female as per the Guinness World Record.

The outlet confirmed that her talons measured a whopping 1,306.58 cm (42 ft 10.4 in) as of 13 March 2022, which is equivalent, if not longer, than the standard yellow school bus.

Her right thumbnail is the longest of all her nails, measuring 138.94 cm (4 ft 6.7 in). By comparison, her shortest nail (her left pinky fingernail) is 109.2 cm (3 ft 7 in) long.


So how did this come about?

Well, Armstrong last cut her nails in 1997 after a tragic accident saw the loss of her 16-year-old daughter.

It was just a normal day for her family.

She asked her kids to wake up before heading off to the grocery store. While she was there, she received a call from her other daughter who seemed panicked on the phone saying: "Ma, Tisha won’t wake up."

Armstrong went home, where she discovered that her daughter Latisha had died in her sleep due to an asthma attack.

"That was the worst day of my life," she added.

She now keeps her nails long in order to honor her late daughter.

"She was the only one who did my nails. She polished them and filed them for me," she said, noting that she battled depression for almost a decade after her daughter's death.

While the sentiment is very sweet and it is overall a pretty impressive accolade to hold, many have been asking a few questions online, with a handful of people asking the same thing: "How does she clean herself with those?"

"How does she wipe? Genuine curiosity," another added, while a third chimed in writing: "The wiping was my first thought but has she ever worked? Like, there’s no way you could legit do anything herself."

Credit: Instagram

Well, the answer is simple for Armstrong.

In an interview after clinching the record, she said: "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."

She continued: "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."

Elsewhere, she also opened up about how her children reacted to the long nails.

Initially, they were a little confused as to why their mom was growing her nails out so much, but when they heard that it was to honor their sibling, they accepted her decision.

"When she told us the back story, it kind of changed my feelings towards it," said Diana’s daughter, Rania. 

"Because just as much as she missed my sister, I missed her too. So, if that’s her way of holding on to her, then I accept."

Congratulations to Diana Armstrong on her world record!

Featured Image Credit: Maja Hitij/Getty