Photographer Travels Around The World To Capture The Incredible Beauty Of Red Hair

While redheads have become synonymous with Ireland and Scotland, American photographer Brian Dowling has made it his mission to capture redheads from around the world. To date, he has photographed over 130 redheads from 20 different countries for his project “Redhead Beauty”.

Red hair is the rarest hair color in the world and is caused by a gene mutation known as MC1R which affects about 1% of the world population. This gene mutation can also affect a person’s tolerance to pain, sunlight, and their hairs’ ability to gray. Red hair will instead turn blonde or pure white when you age.

Brian started this portrait project which spanned three summers to show the real beauty of red hair and wanted to help break down stereotypes people often have of redheads with his photographs.

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Alina from Odessa, Ukraine

Madeline from Washington State, USA

Ellie from London, England

Carmen from Best, The Netherlands

Kristie from Scottish Highlands of Glencoe

Alina from Odessa, Ukraine

Krissy from Stuggart, Germany

Maria from Moscow, Russia

Alisha from Odessa, Ukraine

Ruby from Essex, England

Aiofe from Longford, Ireland

Elainna from Modesto, California

Gracie from Howth, Ireland

Vanessa from South Africa and Bridget from San Francisco

Masha from St. Petersburg, Russia

Tara from Liverpool, England

Beata from Warsaw, Poland


Shannon from Sydney, Australia

Jessica from London, England

Sophee from California, USA

Kim from Hamburg, Germany

Daria from St. Petersburg, Russia

Elias from Belfast, Northern Ireland

Nastya Pindeeva from Ukraine

Models from Melbourne, Australia

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Natasha from London, England

Benedette from Sydney, Australia

Judith from Breda, The Netherlands

Kristie from Scottish Highlands at Glencoe

Model from Munich, Germany

Sophie from Stirling, England

Thayana from Apurcarana, Brazil

Model from Berlin, Germany

Lisa from Vienna, Austria

Ismee from Texel, The Netherlands

Laura from Virginia, USA

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