Ginger Parrot Interviews…Redhead Model Georgie Hobday

Georgie Hobday is making a name for herself. From covering Stylist magazine, to denim-ing for Diesel, the Brighton born and bred natural redhead has been modelling full time for around a year and she shows no signs of stopping.

We caught up with Georgie over a pot of redhead-themed Rooibos tea, and chatted about her exciting life as one of the UK’s top up and coming ginger models.

A photo posted by @georgiehobday on

 

How did you get into modelling?

Oh, it’s a good story! For my 16th birthday I had a party that went a bit awry after it spread on Facebook and 500 people showed up. It was in a lot of the papers, and because my picture was in with it, Storm modelling agency saw me and picked me up.

It’s such a silly story, but it’s quite funny now!

 

Do you think that your red hair colour has helped your modelling career?

Being ginger is definitely a “thing”, like an “other”. But I have had agencies in Milan say, ‘Oh, we’d be able to take you on, but we’d need you to be brunette’.

So I think for some modelling jobs, if they’re looking for a ginger then obviously that’s great for me, but I think that red hair is not as commercially popular yet.

 

Have you ever dyed your hair?

I had it dyed once for a job but only for that day. And when I was around 11 years old, I really wanted pink hair, but because I have dark ginger hair, it went magenta – it was so bad!

It was really terrible, and it took about a week for the dye to come out and so I just had this really awful dark magenta hair.

But speaking of dyeing your hair, I think it’s really hard for gingers to go blonde, as redheads generally have quite pinky skin tones. I’m definitely quite pink anyway – I go red at anything!

Whenever I see other gingers in the street I nod at them. There’s that knowing look of solidarity between redheads, which I love.

 

Do you find that your ginger hair has changed shade over the years?

It was definitely brighter when I was younger. I find in the summer it goes lighter, though. Lemon juice helps!

 

What was it like for you growing up with ginger hair?

I loved it. I wasn’t that shy as a kid. Maybe if you’re shy and ginger, it’s easier to pick at. We need some ginger solidarity in the world!

Whenever I see other gingers in the street I nod at them. There’s that knowing look of solidarity between redheads, which I love.

 

Do you have any family members with red hair?

My dad is one of nine siblings, and all of them have red hair. Literally like the Weasley family! So maybe that’s why I’ve always loved having ginger hair because it’s a family thing and I’ve got a lot of red-haired cousins. Like a ginger support system!

My mum isn’t ginger though, and there’s not much ginger in her family. My older sister is brunette so when I was born, because my older sister was brunette my mum just didn’t expect to have a ginger baby.

Also, I was born at the same time as my cousin, who has brown hair, and her mum had super ginger hair, so people thought that my aunt and my mum had just swapped the babies!

 

Jessie from Toy Story – I love her. And I think Julianne Moore is a super classy ginge.

 

Who is your all-time favourite ginger?

That’s such a hard question! There are so many good ones. Jessie from Toy Story – I love her. And I think Julianne Moore is a super classy ginge.

And actually, Charlotte Tilbury is definitely one of my favourite gingers. I’ve worked with her and she’s so fabulous. Her make-up products are amazing for redheads.

Oh, and I like Lucille Ball as well.

 

You know she’s dyed right?

What? Noooo! I thought she was a natural ginge!

There are loads of other good redheads though, including dyed ones. I thought Kirsten Dunst was a really good ginge as well.

 

What’s your best make-up and skincare tip for redheads?

I don’t know about all redheads, but because I am quite pale and have sensitive skin, I get rosacea if I eat certain things. So I think the best skincare tip ever, for anyone and not just gingers, is not to use too many products. I feel that generally people put too much stuff on their face.

Oh, and always use sun cream!

 

When I was teased for being ginger when I was really young I just shrugged it off. I think it helped having a large family of redheads as my ginger support system. And when I got older I realised that people really liked that about me.

 

And what’s your best haircare tip?

I find that my ginger hair gets really dry because it’s quite porous. So, definitely try to keep it out of the sun if you suffer from dry hair.

Also, when I’m working a lot, my hair gets really dry because of heat styling, so I like to puts masks on my hair at least once a week. Someone told me that if you put on a hair mask and then go in a steam room then the mask is really absorbed by your hair. I do that all the time!

If I know I’m not working the next day, I’ll rub some coconut oil into my hair after washing it at night. Even though it can make your hair look a bit greasy, it’s really nourishing. Actually, I use coconut oil on everything: my body, my face, in the bath – it’s a great moisturiser. You have to use the raw kind though, which I think is available in some pharmacies. I usually get mine from the organic supermarket.

 

All of my friends call me ‘ginge’ – it’s a term of endearment.

 

What advice would you give to redheads who are being bullied?

This sounds easier than it is, but try not to care. I know that’s easy to say when you’re not being bullied. But I think when someone teases you for something like that, it’s a reflection of them rather than you.

When I was teased for being ginger when I was really young I just shrugged it off. I think it helped having a large family of redheads as my ginger support system. And when I got older I realised that people really liked that about me.

Bullies are insecure themselves. And I know that’s easy to say as an outsider, particularly with the benefit of hindsight to say “oh try not to care” but it’s true.

And whatever you do, just don’t dye it. I think, if you’re being teased and you do dye it, then that could make things worse as it shows that you’re bothered by it. Just try and own your ginger hair, be loud and proud, and show you’re not bothered.

 

I’ve always been a bit naughty, which I know is a stereotype of having red hair, but it works for me.

 

“Ginger” vs “Redhead” – are they interchangeable words?

I love being called ‘ginger’. All my friends call me ‘ginge’ – it’s a term of endearment. Some people want to be called ‘auburn’, which is fine, but I’m definitely happy with ginger. I think any word is great: ginger, ginge, auburn – whatever you like.

 

Do you believe that your red hair contributes to your personality?

Definitely. I think that’s partly because I’ve always been a bit naughty, which I know is a stereotype of having red hair, but it works for me.

If you are quite an outgoing or naughty person, if you’re brunette then no one mentions your hair, whereas if you’re ginger, it gets turned into a thing, like you’re called a ‘naughty ginger’. If there’s something about you, like you’re shy or you’re naughty, then the word ginger can be mentioned with that characteristic in a negative way.

 

Do you think boys and girls have different experiences growing up with red hair?

I think ginger guys have a harder time than girls because there’s a sexy element of red-haired women, like the Jessica Rabbit effect, whereas there’s nothing currently like that for guys. There’s no sexy stereotype for a ginger guy. A ginger woman can be fiery and sexy whereas a ginger bloke can’t. But I think that’s changing though.

 

What’s next for you?

Ooh! More work, hopefully – I love my job. Hopefully you’ll be seeing me around more places. I do more beauty stuff than fashion because I’m not the tallest! I’d like to be travelling more as well – it’s a great perk to the job!

 

Follow Georgie on Instagram @georgiehobday

Interview by Emma

 

Comments

Emma dresses herself in mismatched multi-seasonal clothing and has a talent for sniffing out the next opportunity for coffee. She believes that any new band with a female musician is the next big thing and that whoever is currently dating Ryan Gosling is the luckiest lady on earth. Her biggest obsession is shopping online for castles, (probably) fueled by childish fantasies of finding her prince and settling down for a life of luxury, bathing in a pool of gin and bitter lemon. Other than that, though, she’ll be incessantly researching the latest gingerful news to deliver to Gingerkind.

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