Melvin Booth has the official Guinness World Record 'longest fingernails; Lee Redmond used to have the longest female fingernails.
The photo above was taken just a few months prior to Redmond’s accident which resulted in the loss of her fingernails, for the 2010 Edition of Guinness World Records.

Lee Redmond’s nails are more famous, Melvin Booth has the world record!

The official Guinness World Record ‘longest fingernails’:
2008 – Melvin Boothe, whose nails measure 9.05m (29 ft 8in)

Female record ‘longest female fingernails’:
2008 – Lee Redmond, whose nails measure 8.65m (28 ft 4in)

In an interview with Guinness World Records Lee Redmond talked about her meeting with Melvin Booth:

“I have very, very fond memories from Melvin, he touched my life. He also broke my heart, to see this man who wouldn’t even go out of his home. Tears when I left, both he and I. I hope that some day he will realise that he’s more than his fingernails. . . I think the difference between Melvin and me, for one thing they didn’t keep me from going out in public, and they didn’t make me be secluded. I would have never, never chose to keep them if they would have had to keep me away from people or you know, living whatever normal is you know.”

“I hope he will decide to go out and interact with people and I’m sure that he felt the love that I had for him and respect. It wasn’t his fingernails; it was him that I cared for.”

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The full story about Lee Redmond’s world record fingernails!
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An impression from the Tokyo Nail Expo 2009.
Tokyo Nail Expo presents: overwhelming Japanese nail art!

TOKYO – NOVEMBER 30: Visitors look at designed nail chips that are displayed for a competition during the Tokyo Nail Expo 2009 at Tokyo Big Sight on November 30, 2009 in Tokyo, Japan. The nail industry has grown to nearly 200 million Japanese yen market in 2008 and the annual event attracts 50,000 visitors.

The photo above shows ‘Hello Kitty Gumball nails’ at the Tokyo Nail Expo 2009 – which still proves one thing: Japanese people likely have a lot of trouble wiping themselves. But IF they wipe, it looks for sure adorable!!!

The Nail Queen 2009 Awards Ceremony took place on Monday at the Tokyo Nail Expo. The annual event attracts 50,000 visitors.

More impressions from the Nail Queen contests below!

SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING:
The basics of Japanese Nail Art!
Lee Redmond’s nail art: the longest female nails!
What you should know about artificial nails
MORE FUN: How to make fingernails from onion and cheese!

PHOTO: More impressions from the Tokyo Nail Expo 2009:
Japanese actress Mao Daichi's fingernail impression from the Nail Queen 2009 Awards Ceremony

Japanese actress Kyoko Fukada's fingernail impression from the Nail Queen 2009 Awards Ceremony

Japanese singer Anna Tsuchiya's fingernail impression from the Nail Queen 2009 Awards Ceremony