In modern English usage, however, it has lost the diminutive meaning and usually refers to any brown- or black-haired girl or woman, or the associated hair color. Merriam-Webster defines "brunet" as "a person having brown or black hair"—with which they may have "a relatively dark complexion—spelled brunet when used of a boy or man and usually brunette when used of a girl or woman". One is more likely to say about a man or boy, "He has brown hair" or "He is brown-haired" than to say, "He is a brunette" or brunet. Lighter or darker shades of brown hair may be referred to as "light brunette" or "dark brunette", though in such cases one is generally referring only to the hair color, not using the term as a metaphor for the person; one would be unlikely to say, "She is a light brunette. In northern and central Europe medium to light brown shades are the most common, while darker shades prevail in the rest of the continent.
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Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes natural or otherwise. Blonde hair is almost certainly a sexually selected trait in women. This seems to be true of a lot of men. Chimpanzee wearing spectacles Photograph: Public Domain Carole replies:
With the exceptional talent of Reese Witherspoon portraying the films leading blonde, this movie excels to be funny and up-beat with the message that even pretty girls can have brains! So many young girls who show interest in girly things like fashion, hair, and make-up get stereotyped as being superficial and unintelligent. However this movie proves that wrong! It shows that with determination and lots of hard work even a girl like Elle Woods can get into Harvard! It shows that miss Woods chooses to study rather than party, and also her consistent perseverance and effort to work hard and become highly educated.