A close-knit ‘sisterhood’ of women with long, intricately decorated nails – some as long as 19in – have dubbed themselves the Long Nail Goddesses.
A Maria Ortiz’s nail salon in Newark, New Jersey, the group of women meet regularly to swap tips about the trials and tribulations of what they call the ‘long nail lifestyle.
The group was founded when Maria began specialising as a nail technician for women who preferred to have elaborately designed, nine-inch talons than to sport traditional French manicure.
her client list (and her eight inch nails) grew, so did the Long Nail Goddesses group. Now, the Goddesses meet monthly and Maria charges $100 (£75) for a manicure, which can take up to seven hours to do.