At first glance, Simone Taylor looks like your average sixteen-year-old girl.
That is until you see the six-inch talons on her hands that she’s been growing out for three years.
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 said. During my first year, I always thought to myself, I’m gonna cut them tomorrow, but I never did.
The nails now basically control Simone’s life and she has had to adapt her daily routine to avoid breakages.
They’re too long to hold a pen properly, and she has to use her knuckles to type on the computer, which can be a problem for the student.
I have exams at the moment and its hard to write, after one hour of writing my hands really hurt.” she said.
“PE is a huge problem, though,” she continued. “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.”
Having never really worn varnish before, Simone decided to watch some tutorials and learn to paint her nails in early 2014.
“I guess you could say my addiction began that day, and I’ve been scared of nail clippers ever since,”she said.