Real life Rapunzel: Indian girl dreams of holding world record for longest hair - it's seven feet long!
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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
4/27/2015 (4 years ago)
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Hailed by some as "the Indian Rapunzel," Smita Srivastava, of Allahabad holds several awards for the extreme length of her hair. At seven-feet-plus, she has ambitions of one day becoming a Guinness World Record holder.
"Whenever I go out shopping to the market people admire me and they come and talk to me, asking me how I have such long hair. Women and kids come and touch my hair thinking that it's fake hair."
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Smita's hair now stands at seen feet, more than three inches longer than the height of the average basketball player.
The 37-year-old local celebrity does not intend to rest on her laurels. "My life is a busy life. My hair length is seven feet. I have won many awards and I am a record holder in the Limca Book of Records and I am planning to attempt a record for the Guinness Book of Records," she says.
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"Whenever I go out shopping to the market people admire me and they come and talk to me, asking me how I have such long hair. Women and kids come and touch my hair thinking that it's fake hair.
"But after realizing it is original hair, they say 'you are lucky' and that my hair is "'so good and long.'"
Srivastava has had a passion for growing her hair ever since she was a child. Her family supports her endeavors.
She is a brand ambassador for several local oil products and a regular jury member at a major beauty contest in her hometown.
In spite of her efforts, the Indian Rapunzel still has some way to go before she knocks the current Guinness World Record holder of the longest hair (female) off her perch.
Xie Qiuping of China has held the record since 2004 after her hair, which she had been steadily growing since 1973, was measured at 18 feet 5.54 inches.
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