Story by Jack Foley
IT'S true that gentlemen prefer blondes, or indeed, that blondes have more
fun, then you should rush down to the Getty Images Gallery in London
to take in the collection of blondes which have been chosen especially to
demonstrate the sexual allure of Blondes around the world.
Held to coincide with the National Portrait Gallery's collection of the 20 best British blondes, the Getty event (which takes place from March 6 to April 26) boasts no less than 60 images, including the likes of Grace Kelly (pictured), Marilyn Monroe, Jerry Hall and Madonna.
And so that women don't feel left out in the viewing stakes, a token collection of men have also been included, such as Paul Newman in a dinner suit, and Michael Caine, exuding the charm that first brought him to prominence in Alfie.
But it is the blonde bombshells of the past few years which really command attention, featuring some of the icons of yesteryear as well as the leading performers of the current generation.
It makes for quite enchanting viewing, evoking memories of coming-of-age boyhood fantasies, while forcing the viewer to try and confront what it is about the hair colour that has proved so alluring down the years.
Why is it, for example, that blondes are remembered more affectionately in pop culture than brunettes? I mean, for every Audrey Hepburn there are two or three Monroes or Turners (think Lana, or more recently, Katherine, for example).
While the enduring image of the blonde in a swimsuit is something which producers, even today, strive to repeat - Ursual Andress in that bikini remains one of the most enduring images of cinema culture, while the Baywatch effect helped to propel Pamela Anderson into an unjustified phenomenon (albeit with fake enhancements).
There is no denying that blondes command a special place in the male psyche; even though, somewhat harshly, blondes can be perceived as less intelligent than their female counterparts (I know several blonde women who readily confess to having had a 'blonde' moment).
Whatever the reason, though, there is no denying the fun to be had at the exhibition, which has been well-chosen to reflect some of the most popular images of recent years. So go and enjoy yourself in a blonde heaven...
Blondes, Getty Images Gallery, 3 Jubilee Place, SW3 3TD. Tel: 020 7376 4525. Opening Times: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat noon-6pm. Exhibition ends April 26
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