Rebecca Adlington nails it – swimmer sports patriotic manicure and starts a new nail craze when collecting her bronze medal (and even Boris Johnson and One Direction are fans)
08:05 GMT, 31 July 2012
Rebecca Adlington has become an overnight heroine after she took the bronze in a thrilling 400 metre
freestyle, winning Britain’s first swimming medal of London 2012.
Afterwards a tearful Miss Adlington described her medal as ‘unbelievable’.
But i wasn't just her medal that caught the nation's attention, it was her patriotic nails that have become a global success story and now FEMAIL can reveal the artist behind the polish.
After taking bronze, Rebecca showed off her stylish and patriotic nails
Sophy Robson is more accustomed to painting the nails of celebrities such as Kate Moss, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Alexa Chung, but this summer Sophy has a different set of clientele.
The self-proclaimed ‘flyest nail artist’ has joined forces with P&G to provide nail services to athletes and guests at the Olympic Village in Stratford.
The nails of one of over one hundred designs that the NailPorn team has been working on
The talon-savvy artist has conjured up 214 different designs for the countries competing at the London 2012 Olympics, including our very own Team GB.
Along with her 18-strong team, called 'NailPorn', Sophy has become an overnight sensation and even Boris Johnson popped by to check out the latest patriotic styles.
And her fans don't just come in the form of aristocratic politicians, last night she tweeted: “Serena and Venus Williams want their nails did [sic] and One Direction…is there something in the air tonight”
After singer Lilly Allen sent out a tweet asking where she could get her nails done, Sophy snapped up the opportunity to introduce herself on the twittersphere:
'If @lillyrosecooper tweets her nails from my salon today I think my phone might explode'
Despite her celebrity following, which includes the likes of fashion-savvy Henry Holland and Georgia-May Jagger, Sophy remains humble and has been constantly tweeting about how grateful she is for the support.
The London-based nail designer has spoken out about being offered the opportunity to design the Olympic nails.
Sophy Robson is extremely grateful for all the support
Sophy's patriotic nails have been a hit this summer
Even Boris Johnson has popped by the NailPorn salon to have his talons treated
'I was honoured to be asked to do nails at this year’s Olympics in the UK. To be a part of such a historical and once in a lifetime event is an opportunity you can not miss,' she said.
'I have also become fascinated by some of the unique designs on some of the country's flags and how I could translate them on to a nail surface. Seeing them come to life on the Athletes and visitors at the Olympic Village makes me too proud for words.'
Georgia-May Jagger and Henry Holland are big fans of NailPorn
GET THE TEAM GB LOOK WITH SOPHY'S TOP TIPS
All nails should be filed, buffed and prepped with a base coat
Using Max Effect Mini Polish in Ruby Tuesday, paint a straight line down the centre of the nail
Next, paint a horizontal line in red across the middle of the nail to make the cross
Using a Nail Art Striper, paint the diagonal lines of the Union Flag in the rectangle space
Outline the red cross and diagonal star using a Nail Art Striper and white nail polish to create the Union Flag
Paint small triangles in the gaps using Max Effect Mini Polish in Cloudy Blue (or Odyssey Blue)
Use Max Factor Nailfinity top coat for a long-lasting, glossy finish