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Why does blonde hair and blue eyes signify beauty in our society today?

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babyblue6 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 8, 2010 at 7:58 AM via web

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Why does blonde hair and blue eyes signify beauty in our society today?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 8, 2010 at 8:40 AM (Answer #2)

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This answer could vary a little bit based on what society you are talking about.  I will answer using the United States' society.

I think that people equate blonde hair and blue eyes with beauty because of white supremacist ideas.  I do not mean that people who think these are beautiful are racist.  What I mean is that our society has always held the idea that white people are better than non-white people.  Because of this, we prefer blonde hair and blue eyes.

The connection there is that these are things that only white people can have, at least naturally.  Nonwhite people often have brown eyes and black hair.  Because of that, these darker colors are seen (unconsciously) as more like the "inferior" people.

So blonde hair, blue eyes = white = better = beautiful.

Again, though, I'm not saying this is conscious racism...

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 8, 2010 at 10:44 AM (Answer #3)

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I also assume you are speaking primarily of the USA. 

I'm not sure.  It seems a little Aryan, doesn't it?  Who would dare tell Halle Barry that she is not beautiful?  Jane Seymour? Sandra Bullock? Penelope Cruz? 

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  Personally, I find olive skin, dark hair and green or blue eyes more enticingly beautiful than the blonde hair which is so often forced and false looking through bottled products.

 

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nusratfarah | Valedictorian

Posted March 8, 2010 at 11:12 AM (Answer #4)

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This has become a convention or trend, more than that, a sort of psychological chauvinism or bigotry. In fact, I'd say, it is a subconscious racist attitude.

Beauty is in the eye of the gazer, and it depends upon the perspective of the viewer how s/he would analyse the beauty and evaluate it. The person who views blonde hair and blue eyes as symbols of beauty, it is his/her outlook which makes him think so. Blonde hair and blue eyes were possessd by the people from Caucasoid race or the Aryans who thought themselves superior than others (Mongoloids and Negroids). Such superiority complex still prevails in many people's mind. Aryans invaded Dravidians, and thus the complex arose.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 8, 2010 at 7:13 PM (Answer #5)

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Does it? I have always preferred natural red hair and green eyes with the more freckles the better. It must be my Irish heritage that causes this. All joking aside, blue-eyed blondes are actually quite rare--I believe I read somewhere that true blondes make up only about 6% of the population. Blondes with blue eyes make up an even smaller number. I believe it is in part because of the rarity of such people that the combination is considered so attractive.

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted March 10, 2010 at 4:43 AM (Answer #6)

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I do not know if blond hair blue eyes signify beauty in some particular society. But if is so there need not be any justification for it. They say beauty lies in eyes of the beholder. I can only say one thing that blond hair and blue eyes being less common attract greater attention, when a person with blond hair and blue eyes is found to be beautiful on the whole the beauty is attributed to these not so common features.

I thing it is meaningless to try to link this issue with race and racism. Because I like people with Indian features it does not mean that I have some feeling of racist superiority about Indians. It is just that since birth almost all the nice people (and also the not so nice people) I have known are Indians, and I have developed a liking for their looks as much as I have deloped a liking for their nature.

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted May 31, 2010 at 9:33 AM (Answer #7)

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I am not really sure that blonde hair and blue eyes signify beauty. There are many beautiful people out there who have dark hair and dark eyes and are just as beautiful. I agree with the previous post that it seems a bit aryan.

Maybe the reason is related to the fact that natural blonde hair and natural blue eyes are not as common as other hair and eye colors.

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alexs71192 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 28, 2010 at 3:47 PM (Answer #8)

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This answer could vary a little bit based on what society you are talking about.  I will answer using the United States' society.

I think that people equate blonde hair and blue eyes with beauty because of white supremacist ideas.  I do not mean that people who think these are beautiful are racist.  What I mean is that our society has always held the idea that white people are better than non-white people.  Because of this, we prefer blonde hair and blue eyes.

The connection there is that these are things that only white people can have, at least naturally.  Nonwhite people often have brown eyes and black hair.  Because of that, these darker colors are seen (unconsciously) as more like the "inferior" people.

So blonde hair, blue eyes = white = better = beautiful.

Again, though, I'm not saying this is conscious racism...

Not at all, people signify blonde hair and blue eyes because both of those traits are recessive. The dominate trait is dark hair with brown eyes. Also most white people don't have blue eyes so it's rare all over the world. Blondes are thought not to exist naturally by 2202 according to some scientist. That's why lot of people find it attractive because you don't see it all the time.

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alexs71192 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 28, 2010 at 4:08 PM (Answer #9)

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6,000-12,000 yrs ago scientist believe majority of people had blue eyes. From one single individual who was born with brown eyes slowly changed the percentage of both eye colors. During that time period people probably thought brown eyes looked better just because majority of people had blue eyes and they came used to it.

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rosemaya | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted June 5, 2011 at 8:53 AM (Answer #10)

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because these days it is rare for a person to have that combination.

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cheezea | Student, Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted September 9, 2011 at 11:45 PM (Answer #11)

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i think it is hard to define beauty... since everyone has different opinions on it. But i agree with the above. Maybe its just because you dont see it everyday, so we tend to be 'amazed' by it, just like how we are when we see something for the first time :P

 

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madihaa | Student, Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted September 11, 2011 at 11:34 PM (Answer #12)

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i think these r signs of beauty n also depends racisicm in society and also it is rare for a person combination...........i want to also mention one thing thats is in our religion ISLAM  focused on equality for all no one less or high no difference between black n white n blue all r equal in eyes of AALAH PAAK

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castilda03 | Honors

Posted September 13, 2011 at 4:05 PM (Answer #13)

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Ethnic stereotypes affect preferences within cultural groups.  Blue-eyed blondes are commonly found in areas where Nordic groups, such as Scandinavians, predominate.  Clothing retailers in these places stock more blue garments than do those in other parts of the country, since blue is considered to be flattering to persons with blue eyes.

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aniamaria | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 25, 2011 at 7:27 PM (Answer #14)

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maybe the reason lies in that some people associate character traits with coulors, namely bond and blue hair equals good and innocent, while a redhaired person might be mean ( no offence)

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ladyinsanitee | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 9, 2011 at 1:52 PM (Answer #15)

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If you're a natural blonde you are more likely to have blue eyes so while it may be rare to be a true natural blonde, it's not so rare for natural blondes to have blue eyes. It's a lot rarer to have natural blonde hair and dark eyes.

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fawadphysics | eNoter

Posted December 13, 2011 at 4:03 PM (Answer #17)

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i think it is hard to define beauty... since everyone has different opinions on it. But i agree with the above. Maybe its just because you dont see it everyday, so we tend to be 'amazed' by it, just like how we are when we see something for the first time :P

 

beauty doesn't have any standard parameters......actually every person is beautiful...because all these faces are being made by God.. Allah.......

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siret | Student, Grade 9 | Honors

Posted March 5, 2012 at 9:21 PM (Answer #18)

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I don't think it does. To be honest blonde people are often considered airheads. Some of my favourite people are blond, so i am not giving a predjudiced view. I think girls with black hair are more beautiful, and so are girls with dark brown hair. If i could pick my hair shade blond would be my last option.I think beuty depends more on facial features and the texture+haircut rather then hair shade.

Blue eyes however are something i and millions more would love to have. They are beautiful because they are really rare.

But in the end all the beauty in the world turns into ugliness if the heart is not pure.

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naturalblondenaturalblue | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 26, 2012 at 11:51 PM (Answer #19)

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Truthfully I am a natural blond hair blue eyed  girl and I love it. Now of course I occasionally put bleach blond highlights in my hair because I have dyed my hair and realized that I prefer to be blond. Anyways - I think that it is considered 'beautiful' so to speak because of the rarity of the combination. Both blond hair and blue eyes are recessive genes. Both of my parents have brown hair but my dad has blue eyes and my mom has brown. I'm not trying to be biased or anything but I definitely prefer blond hair blue eyes because of how many shades of blue you can get and if you do get a dark blue eyes, it creates an incredible contrast.

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rebekahrocks | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 15, 2012 at 11:47 AM (Answer #20)

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I have blonde hair and blue eyes so, I guess I'm truly rare and BEAUTIFUL! Yayyyy! Lool

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rachellopez | TA , Grade 12 | Valedictorian

Posted June 26, 2014 at 8:01 PM (Answer #21)

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Some people believe that blonde hair and blue eyes represents the "superior race". At least that's what I have heard. Really I don't believe that that is true. People see beauty differently; it all depends on personal preference. Everyone is beautiful in their own way and everyone has traits that will make them unique and beautiful.

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mchandrea | Student, College Junior | Salutatorian

Posted June 28, 2014 at 6:52 AM (Answer #22)

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Beauty is subjective. That much can be said. It depends on a particular person and her views about physical or inner beauty. For me, blonde hair and blue eyes does signify beauty. But it doesn't mean that having dark hair and dark eyes make you less beautiful. I think it is seen as a unique kind of beauty. In today's society, I think we have formed a bit of bias. Barbie, for example, has blonde hair and blue eyes. She is looked upon by little girls as the image of perfection. Nonetheless, beauty can be perceived differently by each individual.

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Wiggin42 | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted June 29, 2014 at 9:01 PM (Answer #23)

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We have a very white - centric society that dictates what is beautiful and what isn't. Blonde hair and blue eyes make the smallest portion of the population and humans naturally desire what is rare. But even more than that, beauty media knows that the only way to make money is to have people try to attain a near impossible standard and this is just one of many. 

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parama9000 | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted June 30, 2014 at 1:31 PM (Answer #24)

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This is a unique trait to White American culture(not racist), where blonde has long been a definition of beauty since Marilyn Monroe, who is credited with starting the "dumb blonde" stereotype. As to blue eyes, this is a trait generally associated and more or less possible only for White Americans. Thus, they signify beauty.

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zumba96 | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted June 30, 2014 at 5:59 PM (Answer #25)

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Most people in our society think blond hair blue eyes is the dreamiest of all with fair skin and piercing blue eyes, but beauty is based on what you think. Many times you see girls darkening their hair color and going for tans to get color in their skin. Barbie has blond hair and blue eyes and girls think she is the epitome of beauty when in fact there's no possible way barbie could be a real girl if she was real, her proportions for one don't even scale to the real world. Beauty is based on how you see it. 

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missgarcia | eNoter

Posted July 29, 2014 at 7:31 AM (Answer #26)

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There is a history of people believing that blonde hair and blue eyes signified beauty. Of course, this isn't the case in all societies. Many indigenous societies don't necessarily have the same view on beauty as most western cultures. 

As television became accessible in many homes, commercials used fair skinned, blonde hair, blue eyed actors to promote products. They pushed this version of "beauty" to sell goods. barbie dolls and super models alike were used to promote beauty.

During WWII, the Nazi party also believed that the "perfect race" was Aryan. They believed that a person was pure if they had blonde hair and blue eyes. They even performed experiments on labor camp prisoners in an attempt to prove that Aryans were "superior." 

As members of society, it is our responsibility to change this view of "beauty." Beauty comes in all colors, shapes and sizes. We need to expose our children to all kinds of cultures and allow them to see how beauty has nothing to do with someone's exterior. 

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acompanioninthetardis | Student, Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted July 29, 2014 at 11:50 PM (Answer #27)

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(i'm just speaking form the experiences i have been through, and things i have thought about so please understand this has no racism or negativity towards any group intended.)

To answer your question, i guess because those traits are less seen (if we look at it from a non american society's here). This is just a personal opinion but i feel that the less you have, the more you want.

kinda like from what i've seen with a lot of american people, (i understand this is not always true) they like having tanned skin, because it is not as common having darker skin naturally (unless genetics), whereas in a lot of places in Asia they love having lighter skin and consider it attractive because it is less seen over there. Of course i'm not saying these are the rules and that every single asian person wants to have light skin vice versa nor am i trying to be racist. i just believe its the attractiveness of change or being different that causes these opinions. 

Obviously this is not always true, because of peoples differing opinions on beauty and their differing definitions of it.

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jess1999 | Student, Grade 9 | Valedictorian

Posted September 29, 2014 at 3:00 AM (Answer #28)

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Personally , I think it is based on individual preference . For me , I don't think that blonde hair and blue eyes is the ideal beauty , and I honestly believe that there is not an ideal beauty out there . But if someone believes that blonde hair and blue eyes is the ideal beauty , it is probably because blue eyes are very rare . Of course though , this is just my opinion . 

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