INDIE HAS FOUND THE MODERN DAY RAPUNZELS

INDIE took a trip to Poland to shoot contestants of one of Eastern Europe’s many long hair competitions. Every summer, an unusual event takes place in the small Polish city of Poznań: the Festival of Magdalena’s Braid, named after Saint Mary Magdalene, whose long locks featured in biblical tales. Locals congregate for a day of festivities, the jewel in the crown the long hair competition. The rules are simple: she with the longest braid wins. INDIE was intrigued by the idea of these real-life Rapunzels, many with braids longer than a metre snaking down their backs. Armed with a suitcase packed with the latest designer collections and a single Polish- speaker between us, we photographed the women and girls we found in the streets and parks around the old town centre, learning about the personal significance of their hair, their views on shorter styles, and what it would take for them to give it all away.

Hair Competition Poland
Jacket Y-3, Skirt PRADA, Boots MODEL’S OWN

Helena, 21

Hair length: ABOUT 120 CM LONG.

What does your hair mean to you? IT MAKES ME STAND OUT.

What do you think about women with short hair? THEY LOOK NICE AND IT’S EASIER TO KEEP THEIR HAIR IN GOOD CONDITION. THEY JUST NEED TO MAKE SURE IT SUITS THEIR FACES.

Hair Competition Poland
Silk Shirt MAXINE BEINY, Bralet PRADA, Jogging pants KOCHÉ

Agnieszka, 29

Hair length: 122 CM

What does your hair mean to you? IT’S PART OF MY IDENTITY, IT’S MY GREATEST ASSET.

What are your hair goals or dreams? THAT IT WILL BE AS BEAUTIFUL ON THE DAY I GET MARRIES AS IT IS EVERY DAY.

Hair Competition Poland
Jacket VERSUS VERSACE, Skirt MAXINE BEINY, Shoes CAMPER

Zofia, 6

Hair length: 89CM.

What is your hair dream? TO HAVE A BRAID LIKE SNOW QUEEN ELSA FROM THE DISNEY MOVIE FROZEN.

What do you think about women with short hair? THEY’RE PRETTY, BOYS LIKE THEM.

Hair Competition Poland
Dress HERMÈS, Turtleneck sweater KENZO, Jacket MAXINE BEINY, Shoes MODEL’S OWN

Patrycja, 12

Hair length: 102 CM.

What do you think about women with short hair? I FEEL SORRY FOR THEM, BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE’S HAIR GROWS SLOWLY.

What would persuade you to cut your hair? I’D LIKE TO HELP CHILDREN WHO HAVE HAD CHEMOTHERAPY

Hair Competition Poland
Dress HERMÈS, Turtleneck sweater KENZO, Jacket MAXINE BEINY, Shoes MODEL’S OWN

 

Hair Competition Poland
Jacket LOUIS VUITTON, T-shirt STYLIST’S OWN, Boots LOUIS VUITTON

Weronika, 19

Hair length: DON’T KNOW.

What does your hair mean to you? I THINK IT’S THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING I HAVE TO OFFER.

What would persuade you to cut your hair short? MAYBE A MAIN ROLE IN A GOOD MOVIE

Hair Competition Poland
Top DIESEL BLACK GOLD, Skirt MAXINE BEINY, Top KOCHÉ

Antonina, 12

Hair length: 109 CM.

What do you think about women with short hair? EVERYBODY’S DIFFERENT; IF THEY WANT TO HAIR SHORT HAIR IT’S THEIR CHOICE. THEY LOOK BEAUTIFUL TOO.

What would persuade you to cut your hair short? I WOULD CUT IT TO HELP SOMEBODY, AND THAT WOULD BE REWARDING ENOUGH.

Hair Competition Poland
Jacket LOUIS VUITTON, Trousers MODEL’S OWN, Boots LOUIS VUITTON

Julia, 20

Hair length: 134 CM.

What does your hair mean to you? IT’S A SYMBOL OF FEMININITY.

What do you think about women with short hair? IT’S EASIER FOR THEM TO KEEP THEIR HAIR IN GOOD CONDITION

Hair Competition Poland
Dress HERMÈS, Turtleneck sweater KENZO, Jacket MAXINE BEINY, Shoes MODEL’S OWN, Right: Jacket LOUIS VUITTON, Trousers MODEL’S OWN, Boots LOUIS VUITTON

Photography CLARA NEBELING

Styling DOGUKAN NESANIR

Production LENNART SCHLAGETER

Creative consultant EWELINA GRALAK

Editors MARIEKE FISCHER, HANNAH CASSENS MARSHALL

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