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Ariel a redhead

Let's ariel some word association. If you grew up in the '90s, when you think "mermaid," you probably think of Ariel.

The Photos Of Zendaya's New Red Hair Have Fans Demanding She Play Ariel In 'Little Mermaid'

And when you think of Ariel, you probably think red hair. And when you think about red hair, you probably think about brushing it with a fork. The Little Mermaid is considered a classic by both millennials and Gen Zers alike, but the titular character's ubiquitous red hair actually has a direct correlation to an older mermaid.

InDaryl Hannah starred in the live-action film Splash as a mermaid named Madison who falls in love with a human man, alongside Tom Hanks.

Toymakers Were Originally ‘Horrified’ Ariel Was A Redhead

The movie anny hathway nude a huge success — it was so massively popular, in fact, that the Social Security Administration credits Hannah's character for popularizing Madison as redhead baby name. Five years after the release of Splashit was still so well-known that it was on Disney animators' minds when they made The Little Mermaid. Since red is a complementary color to Ariel's green tail, the choice was made.

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