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No nail-biting for record holder

Chris Walton has been working on her fingernails for 18 years - and it is finally paying off.

Guinness World Records named Walton the woman with the longest fingernails, introducing "The Dutchess" and her nails at a New York City event.

The Las Vegas woman helped kick off the 2012 edition of the Guinness World Records book, which goes on sale later this month.

Walton's nails measure 10-feet-2-inches (3.1 metres) on her left hand and 9-feet-7-inches (2.92 metres) on her right hand. She said she does her own nails and make-up and does household chores even though her nails twist and turn.

"I hate all the cleaning, but I do it. And the make-up, I only wear so much," said Walton, who has also been working on a singing career while raising a family.

The company website said the previous record holder was Lee Redmond of Salt Lake City. Redmond's nails measured a total 28 feet (8.53 metres) but she lost her nails in a car crash in 2009.



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