Simone Taylor is quite possibly the owner of the world's longest natural nails. The 16 year old from Nuremberg, Germany, has spent the last three years growing her talons to an impressive but impractical 15 centimetres and while we admire her commitment, we can't say we'll be following suit.
Simone first pledged her dedication to the long-nail life back in August 2014 and she's abstained from trimming her natural nails ever since. And while they crowned her the queen of the Nailslong Contest in 2016, it seems her epic talons are causing more problems than they're worth. Firstly, she's had to relearn how to write and is forced to type with her knuckles as her nails make it impossible for her to use her fingertips. Writing especially is an obstacle with Simone telling The Sun: "My nails are too long to hold a pen properly now. I have exams at the moment and it’s hard to write, after one hour of writing my hands really hurt.“
The school girl can no longer participate in PE classes as the risk of her suffering from a painful break is too high and her grades in the subject have dropped as a consequence. Simone added that her PE teachers are forever persuading her to cut her nails but she admits they'll never succeed, adding she now has a genuine fear of nail clippers.
As well as the daily struggles at school, Simone has to be extra careful when showering and dressing as even if her nails don't break it's painful when they get caught in her hair or clothing. But surprisingly she says the daily tasks of going to the toilet and brushing her teeth are a lot more fuss-free than people assume.
Unsurprisingly, Simone - whose thumbnails measure 14.8cm with the others being shy of 12cm - has to dedicate almost three hours to painting them. This laborious routine involves removing polish and applying two base coats, a top coat, two coats of nail hardener and one application of cuticle oil.
What is surprising though is the fact Simone's only broken one nail once in the two and a half years since she stopped cutting them. Recalling the tale, she said: "My friends and I were climbing a gate that was stuck, and as I jumped down, my middle finger nail got stuck in the metal and broke. I started crying and remember screaming... Fortunately, I had my nail glue with me, so I was able to fix it. I’ll never leave the house again without my magical glue."
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