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The Beautiful Diversity of Redheads

Michelle Marshall is a French-born, London-based photographer who is documenting the  manifestations of the MC1R gene in people of color. The perception has always been that redheads are white but there are a vast number of  Afro-Carribbean people who carry MC1R gene. According to geneticist, Barry Star, “Red hair carriers in the Caribbean and Africa are for the most part due to migration or gene flow.”

Marshall told Mic, “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.”