When Denica Caneva’s six-year-old daughter, Ivona said she wanted a little sister so she could play with her hair, Denica sure delivered!
Denica and husband Zvezdelin Zaharinov who hail from Bulgaria were stunned when their second daughter, Gabriela made her entrance in the world, complete with an incredible jet-black bouffant in April last year.
Since then, baby Gabi, whose hair has taken on a life of it’s own, has become somewhat of a celebrity with thousands of fans from all over the world on her Instagram page @gabi_zaharinova fascinated with her unique look.
Gabi’s gravity defying hair has made her stand-out from the crowd. (Image: Instagram)
34-year-old mum Denica has spoken of her daughter’s famous mane, saying: “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.
“Nurses said they had never seen a newborn baby with such long hair – she obviously looked very different to the other babies.”
Perhaps even more impressive than the hair itself is the fact that big sister, Ivona seemed to manifest Gabi and her glorious locks from a dream.
“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 because Gabi looked like she had just come out of a fairytale.”
While Denica knew that her daughter’s hair was not entirely usual, she didn’t think her baby girl was that different to other babies.
That is until the family took part in a photoshoot that had been gifted by Ivona’s godmother. The pictures were shared on social media and the next thing you know, Gabi had amassed a legion of adorers.
“The comparison which suits Gabi most is Rapunzel,” says Denica.
“Before the public began to react, I was not aware she was that different. When we go outside for walks, people turn their heads to look at her and smile.”
As for how Gabi feels about the fame … so far, so good.
“Gabi loves being the centre of attention,” says mum Denica. “Apart from her long hair, she fascinates people with her big, warm smile.”
Looking after Gabi’s locks is a full time gig, and when it comes to the products used, only the best will do.
“When it comes to hair products, we are very picky,” says Denica.
“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.”
Touch wood they never have to get a nit comb through, sheesh!
“Our little Rapunzel really enjoys it when her hair is being washed – we create foam bubbles and put them all over her hair,” says Denica.
“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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