Meet The Woman Who Holds The Guinness World Record For Longest Eyelashes

Photo: Jonathan Browning/Guinness World Records
world record for longest eyelashes

No need for mascara here.

We’ve all dreamt of having long, beautiful eyelashes that would let us throw our falsies in the trash and never open another bottle of mascara again. We’ve tried Pinterest tutorials for hair growth, bought as-seen-on-TV products, and yet nothing has worked.

Well, it seems this woman accidentally discovered the secret and is living out our dreams with some next level eyelashes. And she currently holds the world record for longest eyelashes!

According to the Guinness World Records, You Jianxia of Shanghai, who currently holds the world record for longest eyelashes, has an eyelash measuring out at 4.88 inches. Not only are they insanely long, they also took her 50 YEARS to grow.

But her secret to growing eyelashes this long? A long nature retreat.

The publishers of Guinness World Records noted that she first noticed her eyelash growth during an 18-month nature retreat in 2013 and she now “puts the growth down to the life she leads at one with nature.”

This leaves us with so many unanswered questions: Do her eyelashes get tangled? Do they get in her eyes or itch her face? Could an 18-month-long nature retreat also help with the growth of the hair on our heads? I guess we’ll never know until science swoops in and gives us the explanation we deserve.

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Most women would die for thick, beautiful eyelashes, but having nearly 5 inches worth of eyelashes? I think I, along with many other women, would pass on this. The risk of them getting tangled up or being constantly in our face is too high.

All photos: Jonathan Browning/Guinness World Records

After so many faulty products and experiments, I guess the ultimate, insanely puzzling solution to growing long and beautiful eyelashes this entire time was just to simply enjoy nature. I’m not necessarily a fan of nature, but I’ll do what I can in the name of beauty.

Who’s ready to drop all responsibilities and join me on a year-and-a-half-long nature retreat?


Caitlin Butkiewicz is a film fanatic and aspiring writer who is passionate about dogs, baseball, and pizza. Follow her on Twitter: @caitybuck.