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Legend of the dumb blonde

Jun 18, 2007 06:20 PM IST India India

Atlanta: The stereotype came back to light when Paris Hilton said that she would drop the dumb blonde act. Despite people making fun of her saying so, but the hotel-heiress was right in a way. In an interview with Barbra Walters, Paris made this statement, after her last year’s statement that “every decade has an iconic blonde.” Whether an act or not, the dumb blonde statement has worked wonders for her, just like it did for others before her. Goldie Hawn kicked off her career in the 1960's on laugh-in, In the late 1970s, Three's Company made Suzanne Somers a huge star. Now In the reality TV era in Interns: The Simple Life it's Paris Hilton. Jessica Simpson is also a victim of this blonde stereotype. Studies show there's no correlation between hair color and intelligence. Researchers say since blonde children generally grow darker hair by adulthood, blonde is associated with youthfulness. Researchers say 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes', the book in 1925, and then the star of the movie Marilyn Monroe often used child-like ways of speaking, drove the dumb blonde image into the American psyche. Some studies have shown that some people do associate lighter hair with lower intelligence. But times are changing. The next US President could be a blonde woman and she doesn't seem to need to prove her intelligence.