Long eyelashes are generally considered beautiful, but this Ukrainian man’s extra-long lashes are just plain creepy. 58-year-old Valery Smagliy, from Kiev, believes that he has the world’s bushiest eyelashes, a trait that he attributes to a secret ingredient in his diet.
Valery said that he started eating something, and noticed that it made his eyelashes grow really long and thick. And when he realized that it made women jealous, he decided to keep the ingredient a secret in order to market it later. “Women would stop me in the street and ask me what the secret was, they can see that they are real and not fake,” he said. “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.”
Although he’s enjoyed a lot of attention, Valery says that his lashes are getting too heavy, making his eyelids sore and affecting his vision. So he plans to trim them after he visits the local registry office of the Guinness Book of Records to have them officially measured. The official length will be revealed some time next week.
The current record for the longest eyelash belongs to American Stuart Muller, at a whopping 6.99 centimeters. But Valery doesn’t plan on breaking it. “I suppose I could go for the world record, but to be honest, what’s the point?” he said. “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.”