Her name is Chris Walton. She’s a 45-year-old singer in Nevada and California with the grandiose stage name, “The Dutchess”.
She also has the world’s longest finger nails.
Lauren Paxman reports for the UK’s Daily Mail, Nov. 28, 2011, that Walton stopped cutting her nails 18 years ago, and now her nails have now reached an incredible 20 feet, which she’s painted gold. Her nails have been officially recognized by the 2012 edition of the Guinness Record Book.
Her nails curl in all directions, yet the grandmother and mother-of-five claims she cooks and cleans and leads a normal life. She strengthens her nails by using acrylic on the outside and inside of the nails, and says she’s only lost a nail once while fixing her car engine on the freeway.
“It’s just like growing a long beard, or long hair. I didn’t grow my nails deliberately – I just stopped getting manicures and started taking care of my nails myself. Instead of clipping them back, I’d fill them in as they grew. I kept living and they kept growing. I think they got this long because I don’t pay attention to them. I sometimes even forget they’re there.
I can’t even begin to imagine what it’s like to have 20 ft. long finger nails. When mine grow beyond this length,
they start getting in the way of my everyday activities of cleaning, cooking, gardening, playing the piano, and typing on my laptop’s keyboard!