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A youngster who dreamed of having a sister so she could play with their hair has now got her wish - her 'Rapunzel' sibling was born with incredible locks.
Mum-of-two Denica Caneva was stunned when daughter Gabriela was born on 30 April last year with a full head of thick, dark hair which stood on end.
The 34-year-old said the tot's eye-catching hair continued to grow as she did and Gabi, now one, is blessed with a glossy shoulder length mane.
Denica and husband Zvezdelin Zaharinov, 43, who run a commerce business together, were amazed when they realised their older daughter Ivona's wish to play with a sister's hair had come true in such an incredible way.
Gabi is now a local celebrity in her home city of Sofia, Bulgaria, and has thousands of fans from all over the world on her Instagram page @gabi_zaharinova, who point out the obvious comparison to long-haired fairytale princess Rapunzel.
Denica said: "When Gabi was born and I saw her for the first time, along with the long, thick hair she had been blessed with, I was impressed. Ivona had been dreaming of her for a long time.
"Every day she used to ask me, 'Mummy, when will I have a sister so I can play with her hair?' Her dream turned into a beautiful reality as Gabi looked like she had just come out of a fairytale.
"Nurses said they had never seen a newborn baby with such long hair - she obviously looked very different to the other babies."
Gabi became famous for her incredible locks after six-year-old Ivona's godmother gifted the family with a photoshoot as a present for the newborn.
When the pictures were shared on Facebook they went viral - flooding the page with positive comments and comparisons with various fairy-tale characters.
Denica said: "The comparison which suits Gabi most is Rapunzel. Before the public began to react, I was not aware she was that difference.
"When we go outside for walks, people turn their heads to look at her and smile. Gabi loves being the centre of attention - apart from her long hair, she fascinates people with her big, warm smile."
Denica said during her pregnancy she craved spicy foods, but she doesn't think this is what caused Gabi's long hair.
She has no idea where the 'do came from as when Ivona was born, she only had fluffy 'baby hair' as most newborns do.
Denica only styles the tot's locks using the highest quality hair products and said her daughter loves to have her hair washed, combed and dried.
She said: "When it comes to hair products, we are very picky. We use only high-quality cosmetics that have been proven safe and I go to the pharmacy to buy shampoo much more often than most mothers of young babies.
"Our little Rapunzel really enjoys it when her hair is being washed - we create foam bubbles and put them all over her hair.
"Hair-drying is a lot of fun as well! When I dry Gabi's hair, it tickles her face, and she laughs with enjoyment. Her sister, Ivona, combs her hair afterwards."
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