Michelle Marshall is a London-based photographer who is capturing redheaded black and mixed race individuals.
People almost instantaneously think of redheads as being white, however, there are thousands of redheaded black and mixed race individuals who have naturally red tresses.
It is estimated that between one and two percent of the global population is redheaded. Although red coloured hair is most commonly found in Scotland and Ireland, 35% of people within the UK population carry the recessive gene which is responsible for this particular hair colour.
When speaking to the Huffington Post, Michelle said:
“I am currently interested in documenting the incidents of the MC1R gene variant responsible for red hair and freckles, particularly amongst black and mixed raced individuals of all ages,” Marshall wrote in an email to The Huffington Post.
“I want to stir the perception that most of us have of a ‘ginger’ as a white caucasian individual, potentially of Celtic descent … As we struggle with issues of immigration, discrimination and racial prejudice, Mother Nature, meanwhile, follows its own course, embracing society’s plurality and, in the process, shaking up our perceptions about origins, ethnicity and identity.”
Take a look at Michelle’s wonderful photos over on her website http://www.michelle-marshall.com/personal/mc1r