Published on August 29th, 2011 | by Tanya Kunwongse1
Lifestyle: Why Ramona Flowers has all the fun
Are Ramona Flowers and her hair the star of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World?
Although it’s only an adaptation of the comics, there’s no denying Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is a truly special film. Its soundtrack? Fantastic. Script? Funny. Visual effects? Eye-popping. All at once, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a film, a comic, a video game, and an inside joke about the pop culture dating lives of Generation Y (in other words, us now in the college demographic).
However, this article isn’t about how awesome Scott Pilgrim is. This is an article about Ramona Flowers. More specifically, her hair. For those of you who haven’t watched or read Scott Pilgrim, don’t worry – I won’t spoil. But I would like to focus on conversation he has with his gay roommate on the topic of her hair.
Wallace Wells: You doing okay there?
Scott Pilgrim: Yeah, good, good, good. She changed her hair.
Wallace Wells: So, it looks nice blue!
Scott Pilgrim: Yeah I know, but she did it without making a big deal out of it or anything… She’s fickle, impulsive, spontaneous… God what am I going to do?
Eventually, Scott gets over his panic attack and accepts the fact that Ramona’s constantly changing hair is not an indicator of her personality.
But for several magazines out there (I’m looking at you, Cosmo), hair colour is a real issue. Hair trends are speculated, analyzed, and formulated down to a style that every woman, if the trend suits her or if she wishes, can copy and take for her own. And then, there are the sections that ask men what they think of the current hair trends.
“It looks sexy,” “It brings out the colour in her eyes,” “She looks so much younger!” seems to be the generic answer from their panel of ‘real men.’
This is funny, because unless it’s a radical change, like going from blonde to bright red, or chopping all her hair off, the majority of heterosexual men don’t even realize what most girls have done to their hair in the first place. Yet we still blow dry, curl, straighten, low-light, high-light, and colour our hair in an effort to look as beautiful as we can.
In the most recent media concocted truth for answers, the Daily Mail has conducted a survey in Britain asking men what hair colour, eye colour, and body type of women they prefer. While we are used to seeing skinny blondes gracing the covers of glossy magazines, the surprising result was that British men prefer average-body, blue eyed brunettes more than the former.
I’m going to call bullshit on this, because although it’s interesting to see what the current “in” of the moment is, men are always changing their minds. Back in the 50’s, it was blonde and curvy Marilyn Monroe men lusted after. In the 70’s, Farrah Fawcett. In the 90’s, Kate Moss. And now? It’s now the likes of Christina Hendricks, Angelina Jolie, Rihanna, Beyonce, and Mila Kunis.
The truth is, no matter what hair colour or body type a woman is born with, there is always going to be a sexier woman, according to every other man. So do we over-sex ourselves in hopes of finding true love? Heck no. Regardless of what you do to your body or your hair, you just can’t win the fight; there are simply too many men with too many preferences, which brings us back to Ramona Flowes…
Ramona Flowers, who constantly changing her hair from pink to blue to purple to colours galore, is raw. Unlike what certain magazines suggest, Ramona’s got it figured out: when she changes her hair, she changes it for herself. She legitimately does not care if guys are into it or not because she knows that she’s sexy because of who she is and the things she does. If a guy, like panic-stricken Scott, doesn’t like that, well, he can just go screw himself. She doesn’t need to deal with someone else’s fantasy of what “perfection” is.
So, the next time you pick up a magazine to show to the hair dresser, think about why you’re into a trend or a colour. Make sure you’re doing it for yourself, because your own opinion of yourself is the one that matters most. Ramona didn’t let her hair define who she was, and neither should you.