Sunday, January 4, 2009
Questions about Blondes...
What is it about blondes? There is an undeniable draw that blonde women have in our world that never ceases to intrigue me. From the 1400's with Lucrezia Borgia to modern times with Marilyn Monroe, Farrah Fawcett, Pamela Anderson and the Swedish Bikini Team, blondes have dominated Western Culture's fascination for a very long time.
Most of us know at least one blonde joke that reinforces the stereotype that blondes aren't as smart, interesting, or clever as their darker haired counterparts. I can't say that all of the smartest women I've met were blondes, but I also can't say that I haven't met many ditzy brunettes, red-heads, and raven haired beauties either.
Is it a sign of basic evolution to be drawn to someone with sunlit hair? Is there some primal urge that makes our subconscious think blond hair makes an individual more pure, closer to lightness and perfection? Or is it as simple as our eyes being naturally drawn to a shiny object?
In my small town of Santa Maria I have found it incredibly difficult to get models who aren't Caucasians with blonde hair. Are white girls taught to be more open and willing to be photographed? Does their "white" upbringing give them less love so they have more of a desire to have attention given to them? Are they taught to be more open about themselves? Is it that they are more likely to aspire to what daddy's back issues of Playboy contained? I have many questions, and the answers vary as much as the individual blondes I work with.
Personally, I've dated both blond and non-blonde women and honestly I don't have a preference when it comes to hair color. However, when it comes to my photo work I would love the opportunity to shoot more brunettes. Not much of a point here, just a few thoughts.