- Lee’s record-breaking story began in 1979, when her nails were less than 5 cm (2 in) long.
She decided to stop filing them and challenged herself to see how long they would grow before they started to bend out of shape But Lee’s nails never started to twist like other famously long fingernails. Instead, they grew out in huge extended arches, likely as a result of her careful daily manicure procedure.
- “There is something quite unique about Lee’s fingernails because they were quite beautiful,” commented Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief, Craig Glenday, during an interview celebrating historic record holders for our 60th anniversary in 2014.
When Lee had gone 19 years without filing her nails, Guinness World Records officially recognized her for having the Longest fingernails on a pair of hands (female), with a total length of 7 m 51.3 cm (24 ft 7.8 in) in 2003.
- Shridhar Chillal from Pune, India, had his nails, which hold the record for the Longest fingernails on a single hand – ever, cut at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Times Square, New York, US.
- The owner of the longest fingernails ever recorded on a single hand has had them cut after 66 years.
- The 82-year-old had been growing his nails since 1952, when he was 14, after being told off by a teacher for accidentally breaking his long nail.
- When last measured, his nails had a combined length of 909.6 cm (29 ft 10.1 in), about the same length as a London bus.