A real-life Rapunzel girl who cut her hair for the first time has given her family the fairytale home they always dreamed of.
Natasha Moraes de Andrade, 12, wept as her 1.6m mane was sheared for the first time ever. But now she says it has given her a new life.
Natasha, who lives in a shanty town in Rio de Janeiro, was previously unable to do things enjoyed by other children such as going to the beach.
It took four hours every week to wash her hair and an hour and a half to brush every day, and made her life a misery.
Now she has had it all hacked off into a simple bob of just 40cm long, and washing her hair only takes five minutes.
And while Natasha previously slept in a tiny, windowless room, she got B$9,000 (about £3,000) from selling the hair for extensions which she has put towards a new home for her family.
‘I cried at first when I was at the hairdressers to get it cut,’ she says.