Whether you view 2016 as a good or bad year on the whole, redheads have been keeping themselves super busy – all 138,000,000 (ish) of them. Here’s our round-up of ginger genius happenings of 2016…
1. Barbies for redhead confidence
Barbie’s #TheDollEvolves campaign revealed ‘curvy’, ‘tall’ and ‘petite’ dolls to “allow girls to find a doll that speaks to them“. And among the new collection was a red-haired beauty – rejoice!
Healthy body image aside, we think that this makeover could take particularly encouraging steps towards helping to instil ginger pride in children from a much younger age.
2. Jessica Chastain launched Freckle Films
With an all-female team, Jessica Chastain launched her film production company Freckle Films to take on the world with her ginger awesomeness.
3. Van Gogh is ALIVE!
4. Free zoo entry for redheads
Raising awareness of World Orangutan Day on 19th August, Twycross Zoo opened their doors for free to red-haired visitors, who came from near and far to celebrate orangutans.
5. We took down Match.com…literally
After noticing Match.com’s above poster advert on the London Underground, our blood boiled. Since when were freckles (and possibly red hair, too) imperfections??
Well, we spread the word and eventually Match took down all of their offensive posters. Ginger justice, indeed!
6. 360 degrees of gingers!
Attendees of Redhead Day UK 2016 took part in a rare spectacle: 360 degrees of red hair!
7. Mapping the world’s redheaded population
Set up by MC1R magazine, the Redhead Map project launched a massive digital undertaking with the mission to determine the global hotspot locations of where gingers live. Everyone enters their own location, and the map speaks for itself!
8. RED HOT gets a makeover
Thomas Knights’s RED HOT project takes over the world every year with its exhibitions, calendars and books, but this year the models have been turned into artistic muses in Red Hot II, with glamorous midnight-blue backdrops allowing to emphasise redheads’ porcelain skin.
9. Ginger dogs (rightfully) got their moment in the spotlight, too
RED HOT photographer Thomas Knights noticed that many redheads liked their furry friends to also be flame-haired. So he made a RED HOT Dog 2017 Calendar to help raise money for UK charity, The Dogs Trust.
10. The ginger emoji struggle continues…
Unicode issued the following statement: “The committee is still considering mechanisms for emoji variation, including hair color. The issues are complex, and discussion is ongoing.”
…but Facebook listened!
Back in June, Facebook released ginger emojis aplenty for both Apple and Android devices, with the change aiming to “make emojis more representative of the world we live in”. Slowly but surely, we’re getting somewhere.
Happy New Year from the Ginger Parrot team! Here’s to a gingertastic 2017.