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The Reason Why Ariel the Mermaid has Red Hair

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The Reason Why Ariel the Mermaid has Red Hair

If you grew up in the ‘90’s, The Little Mermaid may well have been a staple in your VHS collection. For many of us, anytime the word mermaid is mentioned, we’re taken back to our childhoods, automatically associating the word with the iconic Disney red-headed mermaid.

The Reason Why Ariel the Mermaid has Red Hair

The Little Mermaid is considered a classic by a range of generations. What many people don’t know, is that Ariel’s character has a direct correlation to an older mermaid; Madison from Splash.

It turns out, mermaid movies are some of the most popular as just like The Little Mermaid, Splash was a huge success as well. In fact, it was so massively popular that the Social Security Administration credits Hannah’s character for popularising Madison as a baby name. Five years after the release of Splash, Disney put some serious thought into what they wanted their own mermaid character to look like.

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According to Oh My Disney, “The colour of Ariel’s hair was a point of contention among the team.” They originally wanted Ariel to be a blonde, perhaps inspired by Madison, but in the end, they didn’t want to make the two too similar. Since red is a complementary colour to Ariel’s green tail, the choice was made, and the beautiful redhead we all know and love was created.

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