By ALEX WARD
PUBLISHED: 06:38 EST, 7 September 2012 | UPDATED: 07:09 EST, 7 September 2012
- Singer Chris ‘The Duchess’ Walton was photographed at LAX Airport, California
- She has the world’s longest fingernails making the 2012 World Guinness Record Book
- The mother-of-five leads a normal life and can cook, clean and play the piano
- She stopped cutting her nails 19 years ago
The woman with the world’s longest fingernails has not let her talons stop her from travelling as she hopped on a plane from LAX airport in California today.
Singer Chris ‘The Duchess’ Walton posed with the nails she stopped cutting 19 years ago, proudly placing her talons front and centre to show off the curling nails, coloured to match her outfit.
While known for her music in California and Nevada, she is arguably better known for her amazing dedication to her nails which were officially recognised by the 2012 edition of the Guinness Record Book.
Record holder: Chris ‘The Duchess’ Walton did not let her fingernails – the world’s longest – stop her getting on a plane at LAX Airport in California today
With five children at home, the Las Vegas woman said she cooks and cleans with her nails and can even play the piano and use the computer with the nails which have an incredible combined length of 20 feet averaging about two-foot long each.
The 45-year-old said: ‘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.’
Cooks and cleans too: With five children at home the singer, better known for the long talons, cooks, cleans, and can use a computer
Music maker: As a singer popular in Nevada and California, Walton known as The Dutchess, can also play the piano snag-free
What big nails you have: The 45-year-old woman stopped cutting her nails 19 years ago and they have grown to a combined length of 20 feet
WEIRD AND WONDERFUL BODIES IN THE GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS
- The shortest man is Chandra Bahadur Dangi from Nepal at 21.5in
- The shortest woman is Jyoti Amge from India at 2ft0.7in
- The tallest man is Sultan Kosen from Turkey measuring over 18ft
- The largest breasts belong to Annie Hawkins-Turner from America, who has an around chest-over-nipple measurement of 70in
- The hairiest teenager is Supatra Sasuphan from Thailand
- The longest nose on a living person belongs to Mehmet Ozyurek from Turkey, measuring 3.46in
She claims to have only lost a nail once, when fixing her car engine on the freeway, and otherwise has no trouble leading a normal life.
‘Other people think I’m very fragile when they first meet me, but they soon see that I can do everything,’ she said.
Walton strengthened the nails using acrylic on the outside and inside of her nails, and has grown used to them.
Walton said: ‘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.
‘If people are mean to me, I think that although I can cut my nails off, there are people born different that can’t get away from their difference.
The previous record holder for the longest nails was Lee Redmond of Salt Lake City, Utah. Her nails measured a combined total 28 feet in 2008 but she lost her nails in a car crash in 2009 in which she sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries.
Keep going: Chris claims to have only lost a nail once, when she was fixing her engine on the freeway, and otherwise has no trouble leading a normal life
She started growing her nails in 1979 and had to care for the nails daily, soaking them in olive oil and cleaning them with a toothbrush.
And when, in previous interviews, she was asked the inevitable question about how she goes uses the bathroom, she replied: ‘Very carefully’.
The record holder for the longest male fingernails is American Melvin Booth at 29ft 8in. He passed away in 2009.
Crash: The previous record holder Lee Redmond lost her nails in an car accident in 2009
This picture of Redmond, along with Melvin Booth, the male owner of the world’s longest fingernails at 29ft 8in, was taken just months before her car crash