Apparently being blond is a commodity. I remember hearing once that despite the world’s percentage of being naturally blond is less than 2%, that in North America about a third of women are identifies as blond. And, in Hollywood, almost 70% of starlets are blond…don’t quote me on this, these aren’t hard numbers.
Now, while I like the look of light hair, I also know that bleach is quite toxic. You are even supposed to be lightening your hair while preggers…and what’s not good for baby, ain’t good for you (surprise!).
But let’s be honest, women will do what women will do when it comes to beauty. And while I am not trying to make all light haired women feel guilty, I do think something is wrong when we think that blond is best even if it doesn’t match your skin tone or look anywhere close to natural – this type of thinking which makes us risk our health for vanity. It doesn’t help that blondness is emphasized in our popular culture as being synonymous with being sexy and desirable. And in Hollywood, its a rite of passage.
So, I was particularly delighted to see Scarlett Johansson with a more natural hair color while catching the Golden Globes Pre-show last Sunday. I have long thought Scarlett Johansson was beautiful since seeing her in Ghost World and Lost in Translation. Then we started to get really famous and decided to turn into a crazed looking Marilyn Munroe impersonator who had a few too many drinks and a couple of valiums. What was strange to me was that no one else seemed to mind that she looked so artificial, and I began to wonder if this was simply the norm – and that my preference to the au naturel look was a minority. Seriously, comment if you agree with me…did no one else think her dark brown eye brow/ platinum wig looked off?
Even stranger was the fact that after some online research, I found that many people thought that her more natural looking strands made her look boring and “a had a glamour factor of zero”. Hmmm…
Well,I was happy she’s decided to go darker. I think it both looks great and says that not all bombshells need to bleach their manes (now they just need huge boobs…and great lighting).
Unfortunately, upcomer Emma Stone, like Carrie Mulligan, has drank the Johansson Kool-aid and also gone super-blond. I personally like Emma Stone – I think she comes across as smart and quirky, and that the concept of Easy A was as much social commentary as a teen flick will get – but she was looking psycho blond at the Golden Globes this year. Of course, I have only seen praise for her coral colored Calvin Klein gown online, and her nothing negative on her new, unnatural looking locks. Yet, there are a plethora of sites damning Katy Perry’s pic of her without make up.
Well, I’m going to say it: Emma Stone (a naturally gorgeous girl) looks nuts. Maybe its also because she also looks way too skinny. But alas, that’s another gripe for another post.