Despite a popular myth, redheaded people are not about to be extinct during the next century or so. Having said that, it is not a good enough reason for ginger beauty not to be documented in every way possible.
American photographer Brian Dowling certainly understands that, as he has photographed over 130 redheads from 20 different countries for his project “Redhead Beauty”. The artist who is currently based in Berlin was born in Los Angeles and used to study economics at the University of Southern California before deciding to pursue photography professionally in 2010. He used to work for MTV and FOX in the United States and currently works as a contributor for Getty Images from the German capital.
Red hair is the rarest hair color in the world and is caused by a gene mutation know as MC1R which affects about 1% of the world population. This gene mutation can also affect a person’s tolerance to pain, sunlight, and their hairs’ ability to gray. Red hair will instead turn blonde or pure white when you age.
Dowling started his portrait project which spanned three summers to show the real beauty of red hair and wanted to help break down stereotypes people often have of redheaded people with his photographs. The project includes women from various countries in North America, Europe and Australia. You can support the book documenting the “Redhead Beauty” project on Kickstarter.