"Black and white, striped", Kenya (Robinson), 2011
At the prompting of Jim Hodges I am pushing my exploration of the blondeconcept further. During a recent conversation I realized that my questions about blondness aren't a matter of real vs fake but a dialogue between 'real' and 'natural'. Marilyn Monroe is a real blonde. In fact, she is probably the realest blonde in history, leading the cultural space occupied by Cinderella, Barbie and Goldilocks. The natural state of her hair color is a non-issue in the context our collective imagination. I believe that this is the material accessed by individuals the world over and used as a kind of sympathetic magic. Indeed, Marilyn is necessarily a realer blonde than even Grace Kelly (a Natural one), emphasizing body modification as its own specific language.