I’m a mechanic with three-inch nails, but men put me down
The model, who has been working as a mechanic for seven years, with extra-long nail extensions, has revealed that she is constantly being judged in the area for her glamorous looks.
Peyton Cicconi, 25, of Oakland, California has spent more than $6,000 on her glittery nails over the past five years — and refuses to trim them or compromise her style for work.
The model, who has posed for gothic clothing brands Killstar and Vera’s Eyecandy, wears fishnet tights and miniskirts while working on cars, from repairing engines to fitting new wheels.
But the mechanic revealed that despite nearly a decade of experience, she is still not taken seriously in the male-dominated field and is often harassed at work.
“I face a lot of difficulties in the industry as a woman, such as being harassed and humiliated by men on a daily basis,” said the influencer, who has more than 1.2 million followers on the social media platform TikTok.
Mechanic Peyton Cicconi, 25, of Oakland, California, has spent more than $6,000 on her shiny claws over the past five years
“When I started my auto mechanic course, I was the only woman in the entire class of 100 people.
“It was also difficult for employers to take me seriously.
“The principal of my school was calling the managers and telling them I was capable of turning down work, and they were still hesitant to have a woman in their store.”
The glamorous greaser says she has been interested in cars since she was a child.
“I used to love playing Hot Wheels with my twin brother,” she said. “I started having fun and matching nail polish colors to match the paint on my cars and trucks, so I guess it just took off after that.”
As her love for fun, colorful manicures grew, so did her nails.
“I gradually started making my nails longer every time I went to get a new set,” Peyton explained.
“It took a lot of sets of broken nails and trial and error to figure out how best to work with them.”
Peyton says her friends and colleagues can’t believe how she can work with her decorated claws, but she insists they’ve helped even her
The influencer is happy to wear fishnet tights and miniskirts while working on cars, from repairing engines to fitting new wheels
While she loves to share her passions with others, the model-slash-mechanic is often subjected to cruel comments from trolls. Pictured left and right in TikTok
The mechanic – whose latest extensions are three inches long – says her friends and colleagues can’t believe how she can work with her decorated claws – but she insists they’ve even been useful to her.
“I get calls all the time so they can use my fingernails as a pick or to scrape something, they would really come in handy,” she added.
Payton, who has spent thousands on fun and colorful outfits over the years, documents her life on social media and hopes to inspire other women with her content.
While she loves sharing her passions with others — her latest video has over 56,900 views — the model-slash-mechanic is often the subject of cruel comments from trolls.
“A lot of emotional things happened to me,” she said. “Many men on the internet have called me a fake.”
Peyton, who has spent thousands on fun and colorful sets over the years, documents her life on social media
Peyton said many industry professionals also “hate” her nails, despite being more than qualified
The influencer, who is a skilled mechanic, refuses to compromise on his colorful personal style
Payton added that women feel safer having a female mechanic because they don’t feel like they’re going to be overcharged
Payton said many industry professionals also “hate” her nails.
“It was so unfair and I felt alone,” she admitted. “At one point I was depressed and didn’t know if I should keep my nails.
‘[But] My videos, where I work with my nails, started a global movement of confident women who are not afraid to embrace their feminine side.”
The mechanic added that she thinks women are “very well educated and great learners when it comes to car mechanics.”
“Women definitely feel more trusting of a mechanic like me,” she added.
“They know I’m not going to overcharge them or rip them off just because of their gender.”
The TikToker says her decorated claws don’t get in the way of her work — and sometimes they even help
Peyton revealed she still faces judgment about her appearance while working in a male-dominated industry
In a recent video, Peyton showed her fans how she installed a car part using her nails.
Her comments section was flooded with impressed and supportive viewers.
“How did you do that with the claws,” one user remarked.
“Amazing wonderful work,” praised another.
“Love how you do it with heels and nails,” added a third poster.
“Come on girl,” encouraged another commenter.
Elsewhere, the user added: “I love it. That’s what I want my daughter and sons to see.”