If you ever wondered how awesome non-redheaded celebrities would look if they had ginger hair (answer: very), then look no further than Put A Rang On It.
Uploading photos of famous faces edited with red hair and freckles, Put A Rang On It is just another reason for non-redheads to come over to the ginger side.
The new Tumblr page has so far uploaded more than 100 snaps of celebs reimagined as redheads (or rangas), including Barack Obama and the cast of Friends. We thought it was time to get to know the brains behind the gingerful beauty, Nadia Ahmad from Australia.
Tell us about Put A Rang On It.
PAROI is simply turning celebrities who aren’t redheads into redheads.
Why did you choose to set up Put A Rang On It?
The name was created a couple of years ago by my friend Josephine Burns (who is a redhead) and myself. We were in a bar just goofing around about an idea that had to do with ginger hair and it was coined ‘Put A Rang On It’. Years past and that idea didn’t go anywhere, but the name stuck with me so I recently decided to focus on famous faces and launched it on Tumblr, Instagram and Facebook. It was more of a challenge to myself to see if it would kick off. So far it’s done pretty well.
What are your aims with Put A Rang On It?
I think the formula is working, to just keep it simple and focus on famous faces. I just want to put a smile on people’s faces.
What response have you received so far from your Tumblr page?
Vastly positive, but there are a few people who think it’s coming from a mean place and I want people to understand that I didn’t start PAROI to be malicious. I make fun of myself all the time and believe we all should (as long as it doesn’t come from a place of hate), otherwise there will be nothing to laugh at in this world and that would make it a sad place to live in.
Do you believe that the stereotype of redheads needs to be reinvented?
I’m friends with redheads because of who they are, not what they look like. Though a lot of people are telling me that not all redheads have freckles. I’ve toned it down a bit and will promise to post ones without any in future.
Do you have red hair yourself? Family members too?
No, I’m not. I do have a few extended family members that are ginger. I come from a bi-racial background, so one side of the family has dark hair and the other side is a mix of strawberry blonde, blonde and brunette.
What is your advice to young redheads who are being bullied for their red hair?
I can’t speak on behalf of redheads, because I’m not one. But I would say that the person who is doing the bullying is actually insecure with themselves. I find if you outsmart the bully using intelligence or witty humour, they tend to back off. Some bullies just need a hug.
Who is your all-time favourite ginger and why?
I would have to say Conan O’Brien would be my all-time favourite redhead. Not only do I find him hilarious, but he also seems like a genuinely lovely guy.
He gave an amazing speech on his last night hosting The Tonight Show about how cynicism doesn’t get you anywhere in life and that if you work hard and are nice to people, amazing things will happen. That’s something I try to live by.
Find out more about Put A Rang On It on their Tumblr.