Pic shows: Ukrainian man Valery Smagliy has super long eyelashes.
A Ukrainian man is set to have his eyelashes officially measured after deciding to finally cut them when they grew to an enormous length.
Valery Smagliy, 58, from Kiev in Ukraine said he noticed his eyelashes growing exceedingly long after he changed his diet to include a secret food, but declined to share what that food was with local media.
He said: “I started eating something and noticed that my eyelashes really started growing quickly at the same time, and I’m thinking of marketing it so I’m not giving away the secret of what it is.”
He decided not to save his eyelashes immediately after discovering he got a lot of attention and praise from women, most of whom were jealous of his long and entirely natural eyelashes. But he also got stopped by men who asked him if he was crazy. And whether it’s man or woman, most people don’t seem to pay much attention when I’m talking to them because they’re always looking at my eyelashes.”
He said: “Women would stop me in the street and ask me what the secret was, they can see that they are real and not fake. But to be honest they are just heavy now and my eyelids are getting sore. And it’s also difficult to see properly with huge grey eyelashes in front of my eye.”
He said he was heading to the local registry office of the Guinness Book of Records to have them officially measured, and reckoned he could probably make the European record although probably not the world record.
In fact according to the Guinness Book of Records, the longest eyelash is 6.99 cm (2.75 in) long and has grown on Stuart Muller’s (USA) left upper lid. The eyelash was measured in Gainesville, Florida, USA on 7 December 2007.
He said: “I suppose I could go for the world record, but to be honest what’s the point? I prefer to be able to see better and I plan to get them cut in a professional salon so I reckon they will still look pretty good afterwards.”
The director of the National Registry of Records, Lana Vetrova said they plan to announce the official length of the eyelashes next week.