Chinese woman sets record for world's longest eyelashes

You Jianxia’s incredible eyelashes. (Photo: Twitter/Guinness World Records)

A Chinese woman has set a Guinness world record for her stunningly long eyelashes, the longest of which measures 12.4cm.

The record-breaking eyelash grows from Shanghai-born You Jianxia’s left upper eyelid. Its length was officially measured in June last year in Changzhou, Jiangsu.

You first realised her eyelashes were getting pretty long during an 18-month nature retreat in 2013. She attributes the incredible growth to being at one with nature.

The eyelash length of the previous record holder, Gillian Criminisi of Canada, is 8.07cm.


As seen in a video from Guinness World Records, officials used a precise method to measure You’s eyelashes. With the staff holding a ruler on You’s eyelid, the eyelashes stretched out to more than 10cm.

To some, even normal-length eyelashes can be irritating. But You is content with her lusciously long strands of hair, which she finds beautiful and sees as an indication of healthiness.

“They are a part of my body, so I never find them inconvenient,” she said.

When it comes to maintaining her long lashes, it appears that You does not use any special treatment. The record-breaker merely cleans them when she washes her face every day.

You’s record has been published in the Guinness World Records 2018 book.

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