Do you remember what it was like to be the odd one out in childhood? We might have several stories to tell about being the only redhead in the class, or the many names we were, and still are, called because of our red locks.
However, I will tell you things are actually looking up for us redheads. We have a ton of outlets (like HowtobeaRedhead.com) that we did not have years ago. Rejoice my ginger brothers and sisters, for we are finally making our mark on the world. We may not have our own emoji…yet. I know we will get our emoji someday. But, let’s look at how things have changed over the years.
Here are 5 ways society has changed its redhead stereotype:
1. Commercials and advertisements are featuring more redheads.
In a world that is still dominated by the blonde haired beauty icon, that world is changing. Commercials and advertisements are now showing more diversity of not only skin, body but hair color, as well. We have yet to completely dominate the media, though that is not stopping us from trying. It has been proven that redheads are in a high number of commercials because the color red actually makes selling “something” more effective. Read more here.
2. Actresses are itching to try the luxury of red hair.
Actresses like Emma Stone and Evangeline Lilly have confirmed this very fact. In an interview with Conan O’Brien, Lilly said, “I just like a red-haired woman.” And, redheaded men use to be casted as the creepy child of the corn, but now, they’re the funny and charming image like Rupert Grint, Benedict Cumberbatch and Domhall Gleeson.
3. In other countries and cultures, red hair is not as feared as once was.
In the Netherlands, they have an annual redhead festival for an entire weekend. It is filled with food, wine, art and redheads as far as the eye can see. Even in Japan, they are starting to warm up to redheads. Before I moved back, I noticed young Japanese guys in Tokyo were beginning to dye their hair copper. In my option, the fire engine red is not natural and ruins expectations of the idea of what red hair is. But, at least the color red is accepted!
4. We are all finally noticed for being more than a descendant of Carrot Top.
Yes, I am talking about the comedian. We are getting represented in the media in such a way that our hair gives us all a good name. We were once “spaghetti heads” and now we’re “the gorgeous redheads”.
5. Redheads are now more than a sex symbol.
Move over, Jessica Rabbit. Redheads are just as charming, funny, smart, and loving as any hair color in the world.
Which is your favorite change?
Rock it like a Redhead!