REAL-LIFE Rapunzel Aliia Nasyrova has hair so long that her husband admits he thinks of it as another member of the family. Aliia, 27, who lives in Riga, Latvia, took 20 years to grow out her hair, which measures 90 inches to the floor – and even has its own space in the marital bed.
And while her massive mane attracts stares when out in public, her husband Ivan Balaban says he loves it and is proud of her for not cutting it. Weighing in at 4.5lbs (2kg), Aliia says her lengthy locks weigh as much as the family cat.
Aliia says she was inspired to start growing her hair by the female characters in fairy tales like Rapunzel – whose hair was so long that a prince used it to climb up it to rescue her from a witch’s castle.
Husband Ivan says he sees his wife’s hair as another family member, even if it does limit his space to stretch out in the marital bed.