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IN THE DARK ABOUT BLONDE PREJUDICE.

Byline: Amy Griffiths

HOW many blondes does it take to unscrew a light bulb? Ok, so we all know jokes at the expense of blondes, but two surveys released today question whether women are still saddled with prejudice because of their hair colour.

We've seen the films, a blonde girl battling to prove herself in a stereotyped industry. Of course, she overcomes it all finding her true love, the job of her dreams and the respect of everyone.

But in reality, do women believe they are taken just as seriously as their brunette counterparts? Broadcaster Mariella Frostrup, argues that she "would have thought twice" about going blonde at 16, when her father's death left her grey, if she'd "known then what my shade of choice suggested to the world".

The broadcaster, aged 47, said "being blonde means never saying you don't understand unless you want to be predictable."

She added: "Lifting the veil of prejudice clearly continues to be a struggle. Pinch me if I'm living in the 21st century."

However, a survey carried out by One Poll, claims that the outdated view of blonde women has no place in the modern workplace.

They asked 1,000 professional fair-haired women whether they felt they were taken less seriously as a blonde.

The results were very positive for the majority of women in the UK, with nearly 70 per cent feeling respected and valued in their roles.

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Regretting colour change: Mariella Frostrup went grey at 16 after her father's death. Blonde icon: Film star Marilyn Monroe.
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Date:Aug 18, 2010
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