Extreme Measures: The Smallest Waist and the Longest Fingernails

'It's OK to Be Different'

Jung was happy to appear in the Guinness World Records for the sixth year in a row, but when Redmond appeared in a Guinness World Records insert titled "Grossest World Records," she says she contemplated suicide.

Redmond has donated her time at local schools talking to children about self-esteem and felt the "grossest" title was not appropriate.

"When I say to the children 'It's OK to be different, as long as you are not hurting anyone,' they look up to you like, 'Wow, look what you did, breaking the world record,'" she said. "And then for them to come out with a category like that? It sends a very negative message."

Psychiatrist Gail Saltz was not surprised by how hurt Redmond was. "I would suspect that quite a few people in Guinness [World Records] don't see themselves as others necessarily do," she said. "And when someone's self-image is fragile, and it takes a real blow like that, it does make them think about killing themselves."

According to Redmond, the previous fingernail record holder was so emotionally shaken when he finally cut them that he glued his nails back on. Redmond readily admitted that she has a difficult time facing the prospect of cutting her nails off.

"Maybe it's the fear of cutting part of me?" she said.

In the meantime, she's persuaded Guinness World Records to remove her from the "Grossest World Records" page and return her to her former place of prominence — the longest fingernails record.

That deserves a toast or better yet, a manicure.

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