Our first batch of photos from Ecuador are now posted. For once I had time to add caption, so enjoy!
THE MYSTERY IS FINALLY SOLVED!
I carefully studied your photo No. 58 of the “mujer dentada grande” at the street fair you recently attended. There was definitely “something” familiar about that woman which only somebody my age (or older) would remember.
In the 1950’s, Clairol frequently advertised on television their products that would turn almost any user’s hair into a beautiful shade of blonde. Clairol popularized the following phrases which, at times, can even be heard today:
Does she or doesn’t she? Only her hairdresser knows for sure…
Is it true…blondes have more fun?
If I’ve only one life…let me live it as a blonde!
These ads were penned back in the ’50s by a trail-blazing female copywriter named Shirley Polykoff, and changed the American hair care industry forever. Before Shirley Polykoff penned that first slogan, just 7% of American women dyed their hair, most of whom were actresses and models. When Shirley’s stewardship of the Clairol account ended in the 1970s, that number had skyrocketed to 40%, and included women of all walks of life.
Here’s a sample of the ad campaign that Shirley successfully launched way back when:
Many of the women who appeared in those commercials became full-fledged “hippies” during the 1960’s and became disinterested in pursuing any further work in television. Until your photograph proved otherwise, it was thought that the last photo of the “Clairol Girls” (now hippies) was taken at Woodstock in 1969. However, if you look closely at the following video I am confident that you will see at least 3 of the blonde women you photographed during the street fair:
So now we know what became of the former “Clairol Girls” that we used to see every night on television. From your photograph of them it seems they continued to prefer their “hippie” attire and (I’m guessing) that they also picked up a “smoking habit” – a habit that does NOT involve the use of tobacco!
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"I have always depended on the kindness of strangers."
~ Blanche DuBois, A Streetcar Named Desire
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