Russian Aliia Nasyrova loves Rapunzel so much, she’s been trying to emulate her favorite fairytale character for decades. The 27-year-old who now lives in the baltic state of Latvia has not cut her hair for two decades. It is currently 2.3 meters long and weighs around two kilograms.
The tale of Rapunzel is a German fairytale which became globally popular when the Brothers Grimm released it in their book Children’s and Household Tales in 1812. It is an adaptation of Friedrich Schulz’s Rapunzel tale from 1790. It tells the story of a maiden locked away in a tower, who lets her hair down out of the window, so her beloved prince can climb and visit her.
The story, however, can be traced back many centuries, with several similar tales appearing in different places, including the famed Petrosinella, a Neapolitan fairytale from 1634. Another frequent comparison is with the 11th-century Persian tale of Rudāba.