Pippi Longstocking, my idol, and one of the inspirations behind my plunge into the world of the russet-tressed. How can you not love her? A strong, self-confident, indomitable, independent and free-thinking heroin with a keen sense of justice and a happy heart.
Not to mention innovative. Pippi is a problem-solver, a lover of life, and an adventurer.
But there have been many redheads who have inspired me in this life, and who are inspiring me still (Yoli, K2, Alana, Tamara...strong, individual and spirited women all!) Even my mother was a redhead for many years - although she has that Dutch skin that can support a true copper shade.
I love the scrappiness of the red-headed mystique too.
No, redheads haven't always been popular. But they have certainly come into their own. And those freckles that were once such a mark of shame? Yup, I always wanted to be covered in them. Sigh. Maybe in my next life.
Heck, even Venus was something of a redhead, at least according to Sandro Botticelli. But then, Botticelli did seem to have a weakness for redheaded women.
Ok, maybe a bit of a stretch...but I love this picture.
To be absolutely truthful, the change in the shade of my own tresses is very slight. Those first pictures were taken out of doors, and in the light of the setting sun to show up the color. Indoors (as you can see here) you'd barely notice. Just a subtle shift in the tone. But the thing is, the redhead is in my blood now. And my courage is up . Next time I'm going big...in honor of Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Efraim's Daughter Longstocking, my hero. And all the rest of you strong, freethinking redheads!