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Brunettes are finally getting the attention they deserve. Be grateful to those brunette beauties who have stuck to their roots.

It seems like blonde women always have more fun, more glamour, more sex appeal, more""well, everything. That's what the media would have us all believe, for some reason. They're flirtier, more fun"┬ŽAnd to the women of celebrity status who weathered the implications while sticking to their roots (no pun intended), I commend you. Now, brunettes everywhere are having their turn. Blonde stars are going brunette instead of turning to the bleach one more time to adjust their roots to their pale-haired personas. Brunette women are being looked at as smart, fun, got-it-all girls. Brunettes are finally being credit for what they really are. And while fair-haired men are making waves in entertainment, brunette men are still getting their usual glut of attention as well.

Let's start by giving tribute to some of the women in entertainment who remained brunette when all the other girls were turning to the bottle (Clairol bottle, that is). Somewhere along the way, they're the ones who paved the way for brunettes to be looked at as smoldering beauties in the entertainment world and on the streets. So thank you Mary Tyler Moore, Elizabeth Taylor, and Audrey Hepburn. You've shown us all that brunettes can be intelligent and sexy all at the same time.

This year, a sultry brunette won the #1 spot on Maxim's Hot 100 list this year: Eva Longoria. Tailing her lead within the top ten are fellow brunettes Evangeline Lilly, Jennifer Garner, Angelina Jolie, and Rachel Bilson. Half of the top 10 Hot 100 are brunettes! I remember when I could flip through a magazine and almost never find a female brunette model (now the ideal for a good-looking man has always been the stereotypical "tall, dark, and handsome" so there was no scarcity of those). Not too great for a Casper-pale middle school brunette's ego. Maybe that's all changing now. Brown- haired girls get to feel pretty too.

Other brunette babes who weren't in the top 10 on Maxim's list are Teri Hatcher, Halle Berry, Catherine Zeta-Jones. These girls have been wearing their locks dark for years and have always turned heads.

Some of the hottest men in Hollywood have dark locks. Look at Johnny Depp's fame, or Orlando Bloom's fan base. And who can forget George Clooney, especially back in his ER days? I know every girl I knew in high school when ER was at its height had a crush on him. People Magazine's 2004 Sexiest Men Alive included Dean Cain, Ben Affleck, Usher, and Matt LeBlanc. From a historical view, Clark Gable lit up the screens in the days of "Gone with the Wind." Let's not forget the king, Elvis Presley. Or any of the scream-inducing Beatles.

Even brunettes who weren't born that way are going to the dark side for movies, for fun or to blend in when they go out (they avoid some of the paparazzi that way). Some like it so much they keep their dark hair around for a while. Others feel more comfortable in their blonde shades and gradually go back to pale. For those who do return from dark hair to blonde, the general public still usually embraces their new shiny brown color.

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