Ellen. Oslo, Norway, 2012

I’m familiar with the old Madonna – Whore complex and how it goes all the way back to the bible. But continuing reading Joanna Pitman’s book, I also learn that blonde hair is a part of it. Mary Magdalene was portrayed as blonde and during the middle ages the priest went bananas of fear when threats and condemns was not enough to ease men and women’s fascination for blonde hair and the sinful life it proposed. What to do, the priests asked themselves? We need another role model for those vain women! Of course, let’s unveil Virgin Mary and portray her with blonde hair too! And that goes for all the cute little angels as well! From that point two opposite poles of blondness were created. The sinful slut and the precious virgin. Thanks for that, dudes!

– Elin Berge