Simone Christina may seem like a normal teenager, except for one not-so-small difference. Her life-changing, 15 centimetre nails.
The 16-year-old has been growing her nails since August 2014, taking inspiration from online nail art tutorials.
“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 the Sun.
Unsurprisingly, she has had to learn to do basic tasks again. On re-learning to write, the teen said, “My nails are too long to hold a pen properly now. After one hour of writing, my hands really hurt. On the computer, I have to type using my knuckles.”
She also has to be careful getting dressed and using the bathroom and is unable to participate in gym class.
So how does Simone ensure zero breakages?
She follows a strict nail-care regime consisting of two coats of nail hardener every day and cuticle oil every other day.
“I hope I can inspire people, not only to grow their nails but also to keep doing their thing, even though not everyone might like it,” the teen says.
“It’s important not to let other people bring you down because you look unusual. Differences make life interesting.”