Red hair occurs naturally on approximately 1–2% of the human population. It occurs more frequently (2–6%) in people of northern or western European ancestry, and less frequently in other populations. Red hair appears in people with two copies of a recessive gene on chromosome 16 which causes a mutation in the MC1R protein.
Red hair varies from a deep burgundy through burnt orange to bright copper. It is characterized by high levels of the reddish pigment pheomelanin and relatively low levels of the dark pigment eumelanin. The term redhead has been in use since at least 1510. It is associated with fair skin color, lighter eye colors (gray, blue, green, and hazel), freckles, and sensitivity to ultraviolet light.
Cultural reactions have varied from ridicule to admiration; many common stereotypes exist regarding redheads and they are often portrayed as fiery-tempered.
Now, some pictures of our favourite redheads!
|Alexa Wilding (born Alice Wilding, c. 1845–48 – 25 April 1884) was one of the favourite models of the Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti, featuring in some of his finest paintings of the later 1860s and early 1870s.|
|Fanny Cornforth (1835 – c. 1906) was an English woman who became the artist's model and mistress of the Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti.|
Jane Asher (born 5 April 1946) is an English actress, author and entrepreneur. For most of the 1960s (1963/68) she was The Beatles' bassist and composer Paul McCartney girlfriend, and as a result, she became the muse of many of The Beatles' songs.
|Karen Darvin (b. January 5th, 1955), aka Bean, was an aspiring model who was Bruce Springsteen's girlfriend in the early 1970s and Todd Rundgren's wife in the late 1970s until mid 1980s.|
Nicole Mary Kidman, AC (born 20 June 1967) is an Australian actress, singer and film producer. Her performance in the musical Moulin Rouge! (2001) earned her second Golden Globe Award and first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Her performance as Virginia Woolf in the drama film The Hours (2002) received critical acclaim and earned Kidman the Academy Award for Best Actress and Silver Bear for Best Actress at Berlin film festival. She's married to the country singer Keith Urban since 2005.
Pamela Susan Courson (22nd December 1946-25th April 1974) was a fashion designer and boutique owner. She was the common-law-wife of Jim Morrison and the muse for The Doors songs.