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Woman Honored In NYC For World’s Longest Fingernails

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Chris 'The Dutchess' Walton shows off her fingernails that total 19 feet 9 inches (6.02 meters) in length September 14, 2011 at the New York Public Library, setting a record that puts her in the new Guinness World Records 2012 book. Walton's nails measure 10 feet 2 inches (3.1 meters) on her left hand and 9 feet 7 inches (2.92 meters) on her right hand and has been growing her nails for 18 years. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Chris ‘The Dutchess’ Walton shows off her fingernails that total 19 feet 9 inches (6.02 meters) in length September 14, 2011 at the New York Public Library, setting a record that puts her in the new Guinness World Records 2012 book. Walton’s nails measure 10 feet 2 inches (3.1 meters) on her left hand and 9 feet 7 inches (2.92 meters) on her right hand and has been growing her nails for 18 years. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Chris Walton has been working on her fingernails for 18 years. And it’s finally paying off.

Guinness World Records named Walton the woman with the longest fingernails on Wednesday, 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 on her left hand and 9-feet-7-inches on her right hand. She said she does her own nails and makeup and does household chores even though her nails twist and turn.

The company website said the previous recordholder was Lee Redmond of Salt Lake City. Redmond’s nails measured a total 28 feet but she lost her nails in a car crash in 2009.

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