17-Year-Old Girl Hasn't Cut Her Nails since 2014 and Has Become Famous for Her Looks
Simone Taylor has earned more than 17k followers on her Instagram, and she owes her fame to her long —really long—nails. The girl receives praises for breaking stereotypes that dictate girls should keep their nails painted and cut, but she also receives lots of critics.
Simone is a 17-year-old girl from Germany who let her nails grow up to 15 centimeters in length.
The girl admits she used to have the habit of getting a manicure until she decided to let her nails grow at age 14 because she didn’t want to go to beauty salons anymore.
Taylor started to learn about extra-long manicures and nail care five years ago, and while watching video tutorials, she decided to give it a try. She also has long toenails, although they're not as long as her fingernails.
Nowadays she is a recognized influencer and shares photos of her "claws" with different nail polish colors and designs on Instagram.
The student loves to decorate and let her creativity run when it comes to her nails. From sparkly nail polish to little stickers and even a furry coat, she’s continually innovating and improving with her stylish designs.
“It wasn't my intention to grow them so long, but as they grew, so did the amount of compliments and they became more and more a part of me,” she told Daily Mail in 2017. “During my first year, I always thought to myself, ‘I'm gonna cut them tomorrow,’ but I never did.”
According to the teenager, the most asked question she gets is how she manages in the toilet with her long nails. “Cleaning my teeth and using the toilet isn’t a problem,” she stated. However, showering can be trickier, as her nails get stuck on her hair.
Simone had to learn how to execute some of the most basic tasks with her long nails. From buttoning up a shirt to holding a pen, the girl must be extra careful not to hurt herself.
“After one hour of writing my hands really hurt. On the computer, I have to type using my knuckles,” she revealed.
The school has been quite a challenge for her, specially P.E class. She said:
“I can't play volleyball, basketball or anything similar. My PE teachers are always trying to convince me to cut my nails. They'll never succeed to convince me – but that makes my grades in PE really bad.”
The girl, who says to be scared of nail clippers, can spend up to three hours painting her nails and an hour-and-a-half removing the polish.
To make sure her nails are healthy, she uses two coats of nail hardener and cuticle oil every time she paints them; and to keep them clean, she washes the undersides with a cotton bud every day.
Since Taylor started growing her nails in 2014, she has only broken one in 2016, a day she described as “one of the most terrible moments” of that year.
People on her comment section often leave mixed reactions. While some ask for tips on long nails care, others find the look hideous and leave negative reviews on her page.
However, Taylor chooses to ignore the haters and focuses on those who are supportive.
“I'm so grateful for those wonderful people,” she said. “Thanks to them, I've always felt good about my long nails and will never cut them off, despite the negative comments.”