Actress Megan Fox has stubby thumbs: brachydactyly-type D, a hereditary cosmetic defect!

February 10, 2010

Megan Fox has a stubby thumb, featured with a short, broad fingernail!A tribute to the unusual thumb nails of beauty queen Megan Fox - she has BDD (Brachydactyly - type D).Megan Fox left hand fingernails - notice the short thumb nail!

Megan Hands – a tribute to her hands & fingernails!
Megan Fox thumbs: the story of her stubby thumb!

How the ‘Megan Fox thumb’ story began in the summer of 2009…

In the summer of 2009 Megan Fox’s right thumb became a hot news item in ‘gossip land’ after new photos revealed that the beauty – who was voted in 2008 by FHM as the sexiest woman in the world – has a rather remarkable ‘minor physical anomaly’ (MPA): a stubby thumb – featured with a broad, short fingernail in both hands (see the pictures below).

But the Megan Fox thumb-story became world news after a Daily mail reporter had noticed that when Megan Fox appeared on february 7, 2010 in a Motorola commercial during the Super Bowl event … her hands were replaced by a ‘hand double’ with much longer fingernails: see the pictures below!

Megan Fox’s right thumb (left) + an impression from the Motorola Super Bowl commercial (right), featured with the youtube version of the full commercial (below):

Megan Fox's thumb of her right hand.The standin 'hand double' in the Motorola Super Bowl commercial!


Having your thumb in the form of a club, which is called brachydactyly – type D (BDD), which is a minor affliction that can be found in 1 out of every 1,000 people. Local hand surgeons know everything about it there is to know.

Dr. Steven Bendner, the leading hand surgery expert at Beth Israel Medical Center, explains that the case of the thumb that looks a bit flattened and therefore shorter, is often a peculiarity that comes down in the family:

“The nail of the thumb in this condition is often very short and wide. It is usually hereditary, although it could also have been caused by frostbite, or it could have been an injury to the growth plate in childhood. While one is young, the thumb often looks more or less ordinary, but with the passing of time its shortened condition begins to stand out more and more.”

So, contrary to ‘fingernail clubbing‘, a clubbed thumb is usually nothing to worry about!

Dr. Richard Kim, director of congenital hand surgery at Hackensack Medical Center, warns us not to play down the importance of the thumb.:

“You need it to be able to touch the other fingers and it is important for pinching. In Megan Fox’s case, it appears that only the last bone of the thumb is affected and that it does not involve the joint. For her, it looks like it’s just a cosmetic deficit.”

A few more impressions of Megan Fox’s thumbs & fingernails:

Clubbed thumbs: a Megan Fox thumb tribute.

The stubby thumb is featured with a relatively short fingernail.

A final but not unimportant notification…

Knowing about Megan Fox’s little imperfection will help other people to realize that – when not overplayed by the owner – any small cosmetic defect might only add to the charms of the person!

An ‘Ode to the thumb’ – by French sculptor César Baldaccini!
Fingernail clubbing might signal various medical problems!
Scientific article: ‘Congenital thumb deformities’
Scientific article: ‘Abnormal thumbs and physical diagnosis’
Megan Fox has clubbed thumbs!

10 Responses to “Actress Megan Fox has stubby thumbs: brachydactyly-type D, a hereditary cosmetic defect!”

  1. Pauline Says:

    She looks lovely and not everyone is blessed with perfect nails

  2. Lorna Says:

    I have thumbs the same as Megan Fox, never really noticed what my thumbs were like until I got older

  3. Kym Says:

    I have got the exact same thumbs as Megan Fox, I have noticed them since I was a in secondry school, but they stand out a lot more now. They look like big toes on my fingers. They aren’t that attractive but they are my nails and I’ll get over it.

  4. Tony Says:

    I have these thumbs. I was wondering if I can get it Reconstructed. I’m always super shy and for once never had any confidence. I always get made fun of or someone laughs or giggles at them. It really bothers me. I got in a fight once because this kid who would make fun of them constantly in junior high. I showed him who was boss 😉 But seriously though. I don’t care about how much it will cost. I just want to know if it’ll effect my guitar playing skills.

    • Bianca Says:

      Hi, I’ve been doing a bit of research and just came across your comment. I was just wondering if you’ve found any reconstructive surgery for this??

      • yourfingernails Says:

        Hello Bianca,

        Yes, plastic surgery is sometimes used if the brachydactyly affects hand function or for cosmetic reasons, but is typically not needed.

        Thank you for asking!

      • Bianca Says:

        No I haven’t come across any surgeries! I’ve emailed plastic surgeons and hand and finger surgeons but am yet to hear back. Have you heard of anyone or anywhere that do this kind of surgery?

  5. Sara Weber Says:

    Oh no, I play guitar & have no difficulty picking w/my clubbed thumb. Let the nail grow and created your own perfect “pick” you will never lose your pick.. it is great… Join the Clubbed Thumb society on Facebook. There a thousands just like us. Plus, it is a sign of “royalty”…. somewhere way back in your genetic make up…. keep the thumbs the way they are!

  6. Bianca Says:

    Is there cosmetic surgery to improve the look of the finger/nail?

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