London Hosts The Olympics - For Fake Nails!

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On September 19th and 20th, 354 competitors from 24 countries congregated in London, to compete in the Olympics - Not of the sports kind, but the Nailympics - Olympic games for fake nails!

Originally started in the US ten years ago, the event has been hosted in London, for the last six years and is a grueling two-day affair that allows the world's best manicurists to battle it out for the 'gold' in categories like fiberglass tip and overlay and fantasy nail art.

Fake nail art in its most basic form involves gluing artificial nails onto natural ones and then painting over them - The competition of course, is a little more involved than that, with each manicurist painstakingly creating works of art, which may not be very practical, but are certainly stunning.

While the entries in every category are impressive, it is the Fantasy Nail Art, where the manicurists can let their imagination run wild, that is the most popular. This year's entries were no exception. Hunched over with their array of paints, powders and liquids, the competitors created fairies, forests and even Beatrix Potter-like images - some even added flashing lights and revolving pagodas for extra pizzazz!

And, while these may not be the 'real' Olympics, to people who work in the industry, they are as important - And just like the athletes, they train for this event for many many months - sometimes even years to win the gold!

Sources:allvoices.com, dailymail.co.uk

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  • demonheart
    demonheartSaturday, January 27, 2018 at 3:35 pm
    In the future we will get used to it because we will have so many weird things going on. Or we already have many weird things going on.
    • Bella & SiennaESunday, August 13, 2017 at 10:04 pm
      This article really makes me wonder what else people could do with nails. We think its a good idea because it allows manicurists to release their creativity in nails. We learnt the word manicurist which we now know means the people who do nails. We wonder who came up with this idea of having nail Olympics. We didn't know this even existed until reading the article We think that the article should include some pictures of the entries. Overall we are both very intrigued by this topic and article.
      • nailsforeverWednesday, March 2, 2016 at 12:05 pm
        these are so cute i wish i could have these ,they make me think im in a dream i probably wouldnt get these exact nails but they are super cute
        • wolf onlineThursday, February 25, 2016 at 8:52 am
          wow really people just wow😐😔😞
          • rc99130
            rc99130Friday, December 4, 2015 at 6:30 am
            wow
            • roguetitan
              roguetitanSunday, November 1, 2015 at 6:33 am
              So wierd
              • ???Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 9:24 pm
                That is disgusting 😩
                • blueeraser
                  blueeraserMonday, October 26, 2015 at 5:56 pm
                  I wonder how it feels to have that on your nails all the time though...
                  • blueeraser
                    blueeraserMonday, October 26, 2015 at 5:55 pm
                    This is SO AWESOME AND CRAZYYYYY!!!!
                    • iikattastic
                      iikattasticWednesday, September 9, 2015 at 5:28 pm
                      OMG WAS THE THIRD PIC MEGAN TRAINER? UMG I LOVE HER SONGS ESPICALLY ALL ABOUT THAT BASE OMG OMG OMG OMG
                      • blueeraser
                        blueeraserMonday, October 26, 2015 at 5:55 pm
                        Me too!