Woman with world’s longest nails cuts them after nearly 30 years

It was time for a major manicure for a Texas woman, who finally parted ways with her record-shattering 24-foot-long fingernails — which remained unclipped since the George H.W. Bush administration.

Ayanna Williams, of Houston, got her epic back scratchers sawn off with an electric rotary tool at the hands of Dr. Allison Readinger of Trinity Vista Dermatology in Forth Worth, the famous record book reported.

When she broke the Guinness World Record as the woman with the longest talons in 2018, her nails measured 18 feet, 10.9 inches – and she needed more than two bottles of polish and 20 hours to decorate them.

When she finally decided to have her prized possessions sliced off, the first time she cut them since the early 1990s, they measured an astounding 24 feet, 0.7 inches.

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Ayanna Williams got her nails sawn off with an electric rotary tool at the hands of Dr. Allison Readinger.
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Along with the record-holding glory came many challenges for Williams, who struggled with common day-to-day tasks — such as doing the dishes and putting sheets on her bed — due to their prodigious length.

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Ayanna Williams had her makeover done at Trinity Vista Dermatology in Forth Worth.
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She said that she’s received lots of different reactions over the years from people who saw her claws, most of which were positive and supportive.

“I have this thing that I do with children when they come up to me and they say ‘Are those your nails?!’” she said.

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Williams’ struggled to perform basic tasks with her previous nail length.
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“And I say, ‘Yeah” and then I ask and I say, ‘How old are you?’ and they say, ‘I’m 10 or I’m 7’ and I say, ‘Guess how old my nails are? They’re like 28 – 29 years! They’re older than you!’” Williams said.

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She said she’s very excited that her newly cut nails will be displayed at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum in Orlando, Florida.

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When Williams broke the Guinness World Record as the woman with the longest talons in 2018, her nails measured 18 feet, 10.9 inches.
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 “With or without my nails, I will still be the queen. My nails don’t make me, I make my nails!” Williams said.

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