Ginger Pride!

Thomas Knights Photographs Lots and Lots of ‘RED HOT’ Men

Photographer Thomas Knights has an idea for how to combat 'gingerism'—take naked portraits of all the sexy red heads he can find.

Thomas Knights, courtesy Bruno Gmünder Group

Thomas Knights, courtesy Bruno Gmünder Group

Jake Hold

"Ginger people, redheads, ginger nuts, Duracell tops. We are porcelain pale, bright-eyed, freckled, and fiery. Take pride in this uniqueness and enjoy being different! Every time someone gives you a hassle for it, just remember that jealousy is the biggest form of flattery. Don't let other people's problems and misery become your own. Show the world how fucking awesome you are! Long live the unique and different—viva la gingers!"

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Greg Rutherford

"The fact that I'm ginger is mentioned in every walk in my life. Whenever I'm spoken about in articles, by commentators, or by members of the public, I'm described as 'the ginger long jumper,' which is interesting seeing as I never hear 'the brunette javelin thrower' or 'blond rower.' I do feel being involved with sports has helped with giving me body confidence, plus the beauty of track and field is that there's a great deal of different shapes and sizes, so irrelevant matters such as hair colour don't tend to come into play. It's quite disappointing that on the whole, issues with regards to race, gender, etc., are addressed daily with ignorance slowly being stamped out—when in polarization to that, 'being a ginger' is still a tolerable snug by supposedly mature adults and children alike. In my mind, it's just a lazy insult. I'd love for my children to be ginger. But even more, I'd love for them to go through at least twenty-four hours without someone describing them as such."

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Reid Worthington

"Blonds are memorable ... but redheads are unforgettable."

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Tom Turpie

"The ginger hair was always somewhat of a burden when I was younger, but recently with every year that's gone past the ginger hair has become a blessing. Especially with the industry I'm now working in as a model, where ginger hair is 'in fashion,' which is bizarre but a great confidence booster. In a nutshell, ginger hair was shit but now it's pretty great!"

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Tom Key

"Being ginger never really had a consciously negative effect on me until my early teens when, as a skinny ginger kid, I was an easy target for bullies. After a couple of years of taking it I decided I needed to do something about it and learn how to defend myself. So I started training in Muay Thai [Thai boxing]. I kept this quiet, but word seemed to spread about my new hobby, and from then on I was pretty much left alone save for the odd thing here and there. I have since become a champion Muay Thai fighter, and my ginger hair does nothing but make me stand out from the pack—in a positive way!"

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Kenneth Bek

"Being a redhead kid was not always easy. To stand out from the crowd among your classmates made me an easy target. What I have learned is that to stand out from the crowd is unique characteristic to posses—why would you like to be like everybody else when they are already taken? I mean for God sake—even the prince himself is RED HOT."

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Thomas Wade Nicholls

"Being ginger has always been an easy target. Having red hair, you can't take yourself too seriously. Because if you don't laugh you'll cry. We are often subject to a little name-calling, and when I say a little, I mean loads...This is all very funny, but is this offensive? Mock someone's skin colour, religion, or sexuality and it will attract much more of a uproar. Bottom Line, being a redhead comes with assumptions, stares, taunts, and questions. The good news, however, is that people expect you to have a strong personality and you thus develop one. I happen to love being a ginga and embrace it as part of who I am. It is a central piece to my identity."

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Gregoire Tine

"Being red always has been a factor that made me kind of an outcast at school and when I grew up in France. I got used to stupid jokes, and it obviously didn't really help me with the girls: I've always been considered the nice friend. Found myself in situations where I had to say that I wasn't red but more blond, which is totally stupid and absurd. I dyed my hair blonder to feel more safe with myself and how people were seeing me. Mostly because both of my parents have dark hair and darker skin. I got the ginger gene from my Kabyle grandmother, so ever for a part of my family I was kind of an alien. But when I moved to Italy is all really changed. People have a total opposite approach with gingers, and it helped me to be more confident about my hair colour and how I look."

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Rogier Slottje

"In the Netherlands, where I'm from, people with red hair aren't bullied as much as they are in the UK. I don't remember ever being teased for having red hair. Except for this one time. When I was about eleven years old, I was swimming in the community pool when a group of girls in front of me suddenly stopped swimming. I looked at them, and one of the girls turned and said: 'Red means stop,' like the traffic light. I remember being upset at the time, but I can laugh about it now. I think redheads should be proud of their hair colour, considering that one to four percent of the world population has red hair: it's unique."

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Seth Fornea

"'Seth ... you can't wear black, white, or primary colours. You have to stay in earth tones!'

'Seth ... keep your shirt on if you go swimming at the pool party. We wouldn't want you to get sunburned!'

"Said by older women about the age of fifty: 'Look at the gorgeous head of red hair--you must have to beat the girls off with a stick.'"

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Wade Holter

"I don't want to say that redheads are better ... but being ginger does give a natural superiority in the world of eugenics."

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Christopher Medeiros

"As a kid, I hated the colour of my hair. Growing up with a pastor for a mother, I quickly learned there was nothing more tantalizing to a flock of clucking, cheek-pinching church women than a head of red curls. 'Oh, I wish I had your hair!' they'd say. As far as I was concerned, they could have it. I used to wish my hair were blond, and even spent an hour in the sun, my hair soaked with plastic-bottle lemon juice trying to bleach it once, achieving nothing more than a sunburn and a sticky scalp. I've since grown to appreciate my hair, and can't imagine being anything other than a redhead, though I have considered going electric blue once or twice."

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