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A baby takes 18 years to become an adult. The combined length of Chris “The Duchess” Walton’s nails grew much faster in the same time. The 45-year-old singer from Las Vegas is now part of the 2012 Guinness Book of World Records for her fingernails that measure 10 feet 2 inches on her left hand and 9 feet 7 inches on her right.
She told press, The hardest thing for me to do is dig in my pockets. Everything else I can do myself—driving, shopping, cleaning the house … although when I vacuum, the cord gets tangled in my fingers.
I never set out to make it into Guinness. It just happened. One day I stopped cutting my nails. I liked the way they looked. And they just kept growing.
The day before the 2012 Guinness World Records, was released The Duchess visited The Huffington Post to talk about her life and inclusion in this year’s edition—celebrating unique beauty. Winners include new pictures of the world’s longest tongue, largest afro, and a “holy man” with 453 piercings.
As she was being photographed in front of the New York Public Library, the Duchess said, It’s kind of like a body part that I was born with, now I don’t know what I would do without them
So, what can do with her nails? She drives, shops, texts (with her knuckles), dresses herself, and does household chores, but told the Huffington Post, The hardest thing for me to do is dig in my pockets. Everything else I can do myself — driving, shopping, cleaning the house … although when I vacuum, the cord gets tangled in my fingers.
She created a way to alter clothing to accommodate her nails. I align my wardrobe to myself…If I like a jacket, I’ll take the seam out of the arm and replace it with a zipper so I can get my nails in the sleeve
When the Duchess is in a crowd, she enlists the help of a friend or family member to walk in front of her so she doesn’t get bumped.
Walton said she has no special diet to grow her nails—she is a vegetarian and does not drink milk or take vitamins to promote nail growth: However, the Duchess stated I eat a lot of candy, and I have a lot of patience.
When asked how she manicures her nails, The Duchess said she polishes them one a month. The Huffington Post asked how many bottles of nail polish she needs, to which she replied, “A man wouldn’t ask that question. It depends on the brand, and how it goes on .
She does not plan on clipping her nails any time soon. I’m pretty sure one day I will cut them, but I can’t see it in my head because I’m so used to having them. It’s like a leg, I wouldn’t just chop it off so it’s gonna take some thinking.
The Duchess, a young, active, hard-rocking’ grandma is about to release her forthcoming single, “Phoenix,” off of her new album Live And Let Live scheduled for release in late September.
Guinness marketing manager, Stuart Claxton, said The nail on the middle finger of her left hand is as long as two Nathan’s hot dogs [22 inches]. The average skateboard is about the same size as the thumbnail on her right hand [35 inches].
Lee Redmond, the previous World’s Longest Fingernails record holder, broke hers in an auto accident. Her nails were 34-35 inches long: collectively nearly 10 feet longer than her successor. Redmond grew her nails for 30 years to grow.