How nail art became an Olympic beauty ritual

Written by Megan C. Hills, CNN

As Olympic sprinter Dina Asher-Smith sailed over the finish line in the women’s 100 meter semifinals, photos captured her vibrant blue nails as she celebrated. It may have seemed like just another of Asher-Smith’s stylish competition looks, but zooming in on her manicure revealed a meticulous recreation of a Japanese masterpiece: Hokusai’s “The Great Wave off Kanagawa.”

The nail artist behind the manicure, Emily Gilmour, said the British athlete was “very involved” in the design process. The nails intentionally “celebrated” the Olympics’ host country, she explained over email, adding, “She wanted a nod to

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