Rebecca Dunham as a blonde

Rebecca Dunham

December 20, 2021

Do Blondes Have More Fun?

Ever since I was a little girl I have loved to dress up. Becoming someone else for a few hours has always held a certain fascination for me. So much so that although my birthday is in November, I used to always have Halloween costume-themed birthday parties. I guess this fascination has played a role in leading me down the path to modelling. There isn't an abundance of career options for the little girl who once told her father that she wants to be a butterfly when she grows up. Modelling is one of the few jobs that allow you to walk in someone else's shoes for a few hours, literally and figuratively. While I don't really know who these people in the images I'm creating are, I get to use my imagination and create an entire character with a talented team of people. That's why I love doing photo shoots. It allows me to express my creativity more than walking down a runway. I get to become the image our team creates, and sometimes it is so far from who I am and even what I look like.

Recently I shot for Digital SLR magazine here in Malaysia. I arrived on set to see the makeup artist unpacking a huge variety of blonde wigs, twigs, flowers and small trinkets. Like a kid in a candy shop my eyes widened. Quickly the team proved to me that they were some of the best in Malaysia. The makeup artist knew all about shading and creating masterpieces of wig and dollar store flowers and trinkets on my head. The photographer shot each look in a matter of 10-15 minutes, moving me back into hair and makeup.

The prospect of being blonde for a day was too delicious, but not as delicious as the different types of blonde girl I got to be. The wigs ranged from a pixie cut to my last wig, which was a chestnut brown wig, curled and twirled to perfection. The day went off without a hitch, and the cherry on top is that when I went to buy the magazine this month, I saw my blonde self on the cover. My first cover! Granted I am a blonde in it but that's what being a model is all about; transformation. Days like that one really make me feel like I've transformed into a butterfly, and allow me to come out of my cocoon and become something beautiful, mysterious and new -- growing up and out of my confused younger self into a modelling career that allows me to be who I always wanted to be.

No, modelling doesn't always inspire me to be confident and secure, but it has allowed me to step out of my shell and sometimes right into a blonde wig.



Rebecca is with Wu Models, in Kuala Lumpur.


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Cailin Hill (The Model Burnbook)

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Liis Windischmann's (14+ LouLou blog)

Laura Kell (A Model Life)

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Kathleen Burbridge (Kathleen in Wonderland)

Ania Boniecka (A n i a . B)

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