I’ve been noticing an abundance of redheads around these days. I’m not sure if Clairol is offering some kind of 2-for-1 sale or if the rest of us are finally coming out of hiding.
I’ve been a redhead my entire life. As a child, whenever people asked where the red hair came from, I responded, “the milk man.” If you ever saw my father’s eyes, you would know that could not be possible. However, there is actually a milk home delivery service in our area, and the day I find a delivery man who talks with his hands, that line will no longer be funny!
It was not easy being a redhead growing up because there were so few of us. Now, it’s nice to stand out in a crowd. When you’re 8, not so much.
My biggest beef about having red hair is how we “Gingers” are portrayed, perceived, and treated in our society. Case in point… has a redhead ever won Miss America? I’d like to know.
Can you name any redheaded news anchorwomen? Probably not?
Famous redheaded Olympians? Thought so!
Most “famous” redheads who get the attention are comics or goofy people: Conan O’Brien, Lucille Ball, Carrot Top (he scares me!), Ralph Malph of Happy Days fame, Curley from The Three Stooges. I rest my case! Although the fact that, in 2010, Prince Harry was voted one of the 10 sexiest redheads of all times, appeases me just a bit.
Did you know Thomas Jefferson, Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, and John Glenn were redheads? hmmmmmm.
Fortunately, Gingers are beginning to fight for the respect and recognition they deserve. In Breda, Netherlands, there is “Redhead Day,” a Dutch summer gathering celebrating people with natural red hair. A group of redheads who call themselves the NAARP (National Association for the Advancement of Redheaded People) protested a Wendy’s restaurant over their logo depicting a Pippi Longstocking-ish version of our fair haired population. Good stuff!
Redheads of the world, unite! I, for one, am now proud to say, “I’m having a red hair day!”
(The full version of this story will appear in Must Love Shoes: Volume 2, available December, 2011.)