The Sexy Redhead
The other day, Baby Girl (BG – 7.5 years old) was talking about her three favorite cartoon characters: Ariel (Disney’s Little Mermaid), Daphne (Scooby Doo), and Jean Grey (X-men). I noticed something – they were all redheads. I laughed, implying that I influenced this, as I am a redhead myself. But I know better… those characters are all really cool, and who wouldn’t want to be them?
It got me thinking about fictional redheads. In the five years that I’ve been reading romance and urban fantasy, I’ve notice that there seems to be a disproportional number of redheads. Depending on what source you check, the number of naturally occurring people with red hair is 0.5 to 2 percent world wide! That’s only 1-2 people out of every 100 to 200 people. Yet, romance novels are filled with sexy heroines with fiery red hair. Why is that?
Growing up a redhead, I hated my red hair. The only people that seemed to like it were my grandmother’s friends, who told me that they would try to dye their hair my color. That’s not what a teenager wants to hear! I was not the popular girl, and as I got older, I never felt that boys liked my looks – which I blamed on my red hair. Back then, the only famous actress with red hair (after Annie, of course) was Molly Ringwald. Sure, she got Jake, but I never did.
So I want to know, when did red hair become the norm for sexy heroines? Are you a redhead, and did you ever feel like you were the good looking one? Why do you think red hair heroines are prevalent in romance novels, when they are pretty rare in real life?
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