Blonde or brunette? Don’t sweat the studies

My fellow brunettes out there, does it annoy you when guys say they only like blondes? There’s hope. The Huffington Post recently published a study saying men think brunettes make better wives, causing me to glow a little bit internally.

There’s a reason Jackie Kennedy was America’s sweetheart and model wife in her time.

But growing up, I was obsessed with wanting to be a blonde. I couldn’t understand why Goldie Locks had a cuter name than Little Red Riding Hood. I wanted to be Glinda, not Dorothy. At 20 years old though, I am happy to be a brunette.

My obsession with being blonde ended when I discovered three classic pop culture icons: Audrey Hepburn, Lois Lane and Wonder Woman.

By age seven, I went around telling people I was going to be Lois Lane when I grew up, considering my name has a similar alliteration. I thought it was brilliant. By age 10, I had a Breakfast at Tiffany’s poster in my bedroom, a Wonder Woman lunch box in elementary school, and vowed to forever strive to be a “fair lady” like Audrey. I’d like to think I’ve accomplished that goal.

People might say it’s silly to be proud of your hair color, and I agree partially, but it’s still part of who you are. That’s why so many women decide to dye their hair — they want to feel different.

After a recent mishap at a hair salon, I ended up with dirty blonde hair after asking for highlights to make me a summery caramel brunette. Throughout the entire 24-hour period that I was a “blonde” I did not feel like myself at all. It was official, I could never go blonde and be happy with it.

And after seeing the latest “Superman” movie where strawberry blonde ex-Disney princess Amy Adams portrayed Lois Lane, I was livid. Adams auditioned for the role three times, claiming to want to “put her stamp on it,” but without those trademark dark waves, I was extremely disappointed as both a movie buff and secret comic book nerd. I definitely believe that Adams was cast more to get a big name to counter Henry Cavill’s Superman. Had I been casting, which is a dream job of mine, I would’ve picked a fresh new face for both of them to grow together in the franchise. Adams has allegedly not confirmed to be in the Man of Steel sequel. Maybe there’s hope for them to go back to the original roots.

This goes for men as well. There was a similar stir when Charlie Hunnam, “Sons of Anarchy” star, was announced to be Christian Grey in the movie adaptation of “50 Shade of Grey” coming out next year. Especially with a book like that, how could they not cast someone who fits the book description? I think the recasting of the role was a smart decision. Northern Irish actor and model Jamie Dornan is going to make hearts swoon as the dark and mysterious brunette.

In film and pop culture, hair color takes the role of being an important character trait. Lois Lane, for example, is supposed to be a strong, intense woman in a man’s world. Her being a brunette is part of what makes her so powerful.

Just imagine if they made Wonder Woman blonde. It would be unheard of.

So what’s the moral of the story? People are always going to have an opinion based on hair color. I’m still a “Gossip Girl” Serena van der Woodsen fan more than I am Blair Waldorf, and I personally have a thing for blonder guys. But, there’s no competition unless you let there be one.

The real question is: What about redheads? They’re hardly ever involved in hair color debates. And for the record, Ariel is my favorite Disney princess.


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