I was born a blonde in a blonde household. My blonde-hair-blue-eyes combination has been a driving part of my identity, and I've consistently tried to put a stop to the “dumb blonde” stereotypes surrounding my '90s-era adolescence. But secretly, I always wanted to be a redhead like Ariel. To me, a girl with red hair signified so many things: distinction, passion, curiosity. These were the characteristics I thought I embodied, but could never fully bring to the surface.