Christina Hendricks Was Told by Modeling Agency Red Hair Was “Ugly”


Before landing her role on ‘Mad Men‘, Christina Hendricks tried her hand at modeling but she was surprised to find that her modeling agency didn’t like her red hair and told her it was “ugly” so she had to change it to blonde instead. When someone requested that she should have red hair for a photo shoot, her agency said it wouldn’t look good, but she found that as a redhead she was more successful because it was more rare:

”When I first started modelling I was blonde. Then I got a job and they wanted to do my hair bright red. I’d always wanted to, but the head of my agency was like, ‘You look terrible, it’s so ugly, you cannot have red hair.’ I came back as a readhead and couldn’t get my hair back to blonde for two days – in the meantime I had to audition. I booked two or three jobs, because were a lot fewer redheads than blondes, and I was like, this is working for me, I’m keeping this!”

Christina also believes the unique hair colour has given her the edge over her competition in Hollywood because she feels she stands out more when she is auditioning and her look is more memorable:

”I think it does make you stand out. People remember you when there’s a sea of faces. It helps.”