This Is How The "Dumb Blonde" Stereotype Began

Rosalie Duthé was a French courtesan of the 18th century, and trained ballet dancer. She was famous for being beautiful, and also slow-witted. A 1775 one-act play depicted Duthé as the main character, and exaggerated her vacant pauses in conversation.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. There is no scientific data to back up the concept of a "dumb blonde." 00:24

  2. Many consider Rosalie Duthé to be the first recorded "dumb blonde." 00:48

  3. The novel "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" written in the 1920s emphasized the idea of the dumb blonde. 01:29

Written by Curiosity Staff July 28, 2015

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