According to, uh, completely un-biased “research,” blondes worldwide have universal appeal to prospective employers, mates and everything in between.
This research states that blonde women earn up to 7% more than their brunette, raven-haired or red-headed female counterparts and individuals involved in the study conclude that it’s merely a perk of being blonde. Yet another fascinating part of the study claimed that blondes also marry up — spouses of flaxen-haired beauties often make 6% more than men who marry other, obviously hair color-challenged women.
The study was researched and published in the Economics Letters journal, which almost makes me feel like this is a valid study. With a name that has “economics” in it, someone’s got to know what the hell they’re doing, right?
Joking aside, the study could not pinpoint a reason as to why blonde women fair better in life, but were able to definitely conclude that there is a differential between blondes and others in their pay rates and spousal attraction.
Olga Usova, who is President of the International Blondes Association — an organization that I (fortunately) didn’t even know existed — claimed that it was all really simple as to why blondes were higher paid and sought out among women:
“Blondes have wealthier husbands because we are more fun and outgoing, and men are more attracted to us. We also do better in the workplace because when we make a mistake we can say, ‘Oh, sorry about that, it’s because I’m blonde’ and get away with it.”
Just … wow. Oh my. I’m going to continue with this post as if I didn’t read that, let alone relay the message to you guys, because I’m at a complete and utter loss for words at the above insanity.
I guess this “blonde is superior” attitude stems from pre-historic research claiming that blondes far surpass other non-blonde women in attractiveness:
Canadian anthropologist Peter Frost, under the aegis of University of St. Andrews, published a study in March 2006 in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior that says blond hair evolved very quickly at the end of the last ice age by means of sexual selection. According to the study, the appearance of blonde hair and blue eyes in some northern European women made them stand out from their rivals at a time of fierce competition for males made scarce due to long, arduous hunting trips; this hypothesis argues that women with blonde hair posed an alternative that helped them mate and thus increased the number of blonds.
Another reason men may have preferred blonde women is that light hair color is a marker of youth. Since many Northern European children have blonde hair, which darkens as they mature, blonde hair could arguably be associated with youth and therefore, fertility.
So, although the President of … well, that, up there, stated that blondes might be more appealing, it’s all well and good and may not be complete crap — but you just don’t have to rub it in, thanks.
Maybe I’ll go start the International Society for Underprivileged Mousy-Brown-Haired Women. Fievel can be our mascot. Who’s with me?