Ayanna Williams

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Ayanna Williams
Occupationnail artist
Known forGuinness World Record for longest finger nails by a woman

Ayanna Williams is an American who holds the world record for the longest fingernails ever reached on a single hand for a woman, with a combined length of 576.4 centimeters (181.09 inches).[1] She is also ranked second in the list of having longest fingernails in the world considering both genders, just behind India's Shridhar Chillal who had a combined length of 1000.6 centimeters (358.1 inches). Ayanna was awarded the Guinness World Record in 2018 for being the woman with the longest finger nails in the world.[2][3]


Ayanna pursued her interest in growing nails and engaged in nail art during her young age as a kid. She spent over 28 years to grow her nails without cutting them.[1] Although proud of her record-breaking nails, Ayanna has faced increasing difficulties due to the weight of her finger nails. She found difficulties when engaging in day-to-day activities such as washing plates, dishes and putting sheets on bed.

In 2021, she decided to cut her nails.[4] On 9 April 2021, she had her fingernails cut by Allison Readinger of Trinity Vista Dermatology using an electronic rotary power tool at the Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum in New York City, where the nails had been put on display for public.[5][6][7][8]

The nails were measured for one last time in 2021 and the reading marked as 733.55 centimeters (240.7 inches) before cutting them down.[9]

See also[]

  • Lee Redmond, who held the record for the longest fingernails on both hands.


  1. ^ a b "Woman with world's longest nails has them cut after almost 30 years". Guinness World Records. 7 April 2021. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Woman with world's longest nails has finally cut them — after almost 30 years". The Indian Express. 8 April 2021. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  3. ^ Gilbert, Asha C. "Texas woman cuts off her 24-foot nails after breaking Guinness World Record". USA TODAY. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  4. ^ KTRK (9 April 2021). "After growing more than 24 feet of fingernails, Houston woman cuts them off". ABC7 San Francisco. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  5. ^ sabrina (7 April 2021). "Ripley's Acquires the World's Longest Nails—Finally Cut After 30 Years!". Ripley's Believe It or Not!. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  6. ^ "Woman with world record for longest fingernails gets them cut after 29 years". Stuff. 9 April 2021. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  7. ^ "Afta nearly 30 years, see why woman wit di world longest fingernails finally cut dem". BBC News Pidgin. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  8. ^ "Woman with world's longest nails cuts them after about 30 years. Watch". Hindustan Times. 8 April 2021. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  9. ^ Rachel Trent. "Woman with the world's longest nails cuts them after nearly 30 years". CNN. Retrieved 12 April 2021.

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