Ilgaplaukės Vilnius 2013

IPV2013b1 Vilnius, Lithuania

For the third time, this Ilgaplaukės contest that simply means "long haired" was organized by modelling agency 'Modeliai.lt' and was sponsored by the shopping mall VCUP. The aim of this contest is like each Lithuanian contest: showing that long hair is the result of patience, discipline and compassionate care and helps maintaining the Slavic tradition of having long hair.

Asta Kuncevičienės, a woman who shows more resemblance with the fairytale character Rapunzel than regular people was also present. She must have been invited by the organization. It's unlikely that she participated in the contest to compete with the rest, because with an astonishing length of 2.45 meters (more than 8 feet), there's no reason to be afraid of losing this competition. Most people never get to see hair like this, so the attendance watched closely as she walked on the catwalk, carefully moving as she could trip over her hair quite easily.

It's always a pleasure to see local people dressed in traditional clothing which is still a yearning for a nation to identify themselves in this globalizing world. Always hand made from delicate fabric with often beautiful patterns and colours. Only one girl was wearing a Lithuanian folk costume containing a skirt with many colourful stripes, bodice and a sash, a long woven band wore like a belt. Most other girls were, despite the cold weather, wearing regular knee length skirts or dresses.

Between the long hair contest ceremonies, models from agency Modeliai.lt were showing clothing trends and everyday fashion for teenage girls from designer Daiva Pečiulienė. And a braiding and styling part where (grand)mothers were able to make and show off their daughters' hair styles. At the end, the contestants were brought on stage to receive their diploma and presents from the VCUP stores: hair care sets, jewelry and toys for the little girls.

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