Somebody with red hair, ranging from ethereal strawberry blond to sensuous dark auburn. Red hair is a recessive gene and often skips a generation in families.
Blue, green, or grey eyes and peaches-and-cream complexion often go hand-in-hand with red hair, often with freckles. Redheads almost always burn in the sun and are thus vulnerable to skin cancer.
While redheads are admired in the United States, in Britain there's a strange hostility to them; perhaps because of historic association of red hair with the Irish and Scottish (whose populations are porportionately 10% and 13% of natural redheads, respectively), "gingers" are often openly insulted and treated with disdain, plus there's the bizarre claim that "gingers have no souls" (although given the "comedian" Carrot Top, it's understandable).
Still, redheads are also stereotyped as fiery-tempered and very lustful. This is part of the adoration of redheaded women, although redheaded men don't get enough attention.
Depending on where one is, a redhead is often called "carrot top", "ginger", or "rusty"; the association with the "comedian" is unwanted, "ginger" can be comedic or insulting, and "rusty" hardly sounds like a compliment.
Some nice alternative adjectives for redhead include: cinnamon, nutmeg, copper, russet, gingerbread, turmeric, fox, burgundy, cayenne, pomegranate, fiery, flame, scarlet, crimson, carmine, saffron, and titian.
Famous redheads include: Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Ewan McGregor, Maureen O'Hara, Katherine Hepburn, Prince Harry, Rupert Grint, Bonnie Wright, Elizabeth I, Conan O'Brien, Vincent Van Gogh, Eddie Redmayne, Winston Churchill, Shirley Manson, Molly Ringwald, Marilyn Monroe, Eric Stolz, J K Rowling, Karen Gillan, Ron Howard, Jennie McAlpine, Michael C. Hall, and Tori Amos, among others.
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