Brazilian police have finally made some headway in a case that will undoubtedly be turned into a movie starring Blake Lively. Apparently, a gang of six young, attractive women has been staking out upscale shopping mall parking lots, targeting well-to-do blond shoppers to kidnap and rob. Two members of the gang hold the hostage at gunpoint for a few hours while the others drain her bank accounts and use her credit cards to buy designer merchandise. The Blondes have allegedly carried out more than 50 of these crimes, but now half of the crew has been arrested, and police have identified the remaining members. I’m sure there’s a “How many blondes does it take to commit 50 robberies” joke in here somewhere, but I won’t go there because 1) blonde jokes are stupid, and 2) I’m scared of retaliation. [NY Daily News]
Katherine Heigl has been sporting dark brown, almost black hair for most of the year. But recently, she lopped off several inches and switched things up to a curly bob for the “Killers” premiere. Her blond hair fit the Hollywood sweetheart role so well; it’s no wonder she’s said some off-the-wall things about her career — Katherine’s riding the rebellion train through Hollywood, even though she’s sticking with
mediocre terrible rom-coms. But enough about her career, let’s get back to the hair. Do you like Katherine as a brunette or a blonde? Keep reading »
Yesterday, the internet was aflutter with news that blondes are more determined, likely to go to war, and feel more entitled than redheads and brunettes. This news, however, was kind of wrong. It turns out that the researcher credited with the findings has never conducted a study that proves anything. Instead, Aaron Sell says his University of California study on anger found that women who consider themselves pretty and stronger than men tend to feel more entitled, regardless of their hair color. [Gawker] Keep reading »
Over at The Daily Beast, Alison Prato has written a column on“Breakout Blondes,” which asserts that there is some sort of tow-headed backlash against the dumb blonde stereotype going on in pop culture. Prato gave a number of examples of successful blonde women, from Taylor Swift to Dakota Fanning to Agyness Deyn (the range is astounding isn’t it?), maintaining that after a dark reign in which brunettes like Angelina Jolie ruled our collective imaginations, the fair-haired contingent was back and better than ever. There’s a multitude of reasons why this “article” rubbed me the wrong way, but I’ll just address two. Keep reading »
The recession has had some pretty obvious effects on the fashion industry. Designers dropped out of fashion week, labels have closed, and mega sales are a regular occurrence as stores try to stay afloat. One unforeseen consequence of the economy is that blond models are getting most of the work in editorial shoots and ad campaigns.
Instead of sticking with the recent trend to use quirkier-looking girls, blond-haired, blue-eyed models are getting booked left and right. When there’s money at stake in a tough economy, no one wants to be blamed for making risky decisions that fail. According to Storm Models managing director Sarah Doukas, who discovered Kate Moss, “Ultimately, blonds are a safer bet for clients who want to hedge their bets. Plus when we’re constantly surrounded by bad news, that blond stereotype is zingy and upbeat.” Her agency and Premier Model Management have seen increases in the number of requests for blond models.
This reasoning may be why girls like Lily Donaldson and Toni Garn are getting so many jobs, and why Claudia Schiffer is back in business with Ferragamo and YSL ads. Even Gap’s spring campaign featured only blonds and a few minorities. Flip through the pages of Vogue or Elle and see how many pages feature flaxen-haired models. Then cry a little for all the brunettes who aren’t getting booked. [The Times]
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A women wrote to Salon.com’s resident advice columnist, Cary Tennis, and as usual, I was a little confused by his answer. That is to say, I really couldn’t figure out what his answer was. The woman wrote that she met a guy a few months ago on Craigslist’s “Just Friends” section. She was new to town and just looking for someone to hang out with, but it didn’t take long before things between them became a bit more romantic in nature. The problem is that when they were just “platonic,” the guy expressed how much he dislikes like blondes, as well as redheads, and that he’s “really only attracted to brunettes — dark brunettes, with dark brown hair and matching dark features.” Unfortunately, this woman is a strawberry blonde, and now she’s self-conscious about her hair color, especially since every time this guy talks about a “girl he thinks is good-looking, or thought was good-looking in the past or whatever, the issue of how dark her hair was always seems to come up in the same way that a normal guy might mention a woman’s legs.” Oh, and “until relatively recently,” she writes, “he was in an extremely long-term relationship with a girl who matched his “ideal” to a T. But he broke up with her. Then again, he’s also mentioned he’s mildly attracted to his cousin. What the hell is going on?” Keep reading »