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Alphabet Spelt Out In Hair

NEW YORK – UNDATED: Artist Shurong Diao spells out the letters B and C with her hair in her studio in New York City.

A REAL-LIFE Rapunzel uses her flowing locks to spell out the Roman alphabet in ornate lowercase letters. Designer Shurong Diao, 24, decided to dispense with pens and brushes for the series, which she made in her studio in New York City. Instead she constructed an entire alphabet using only a model – a good friend – and her long tresses. Diao, from Hangzhou in eastern China, said the typeface was intended to mirror Chinese calligraphy, in which letters are written with ink on rice paper. Instead the artist had to use a mixture of real hair and extensions to achieve the length necessary to trace out the Latin alphabet’s ascenders and descenders.

PHOTOGRAPH BY Shurong Diao / Barcroft Media

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