Around the World in Eighty Gingers #003: BenoƮt (France)

Around the World in 80 Gingers

Student Tours Scotland's guide is a ginger. I'm sure you've all noticed that. So we have decided to hunt down as many gingers as we can across the globe. We started with our German ginger, Sven and moved onto Denmark with Peter. This week, let's introduce you to, Benoît.

Student Tours Scotland (STS): Welcome to Student Tours Scotland's "Around the World in 80 Gingers" blog. Can you introduce yourself? Where do you come from? What is your name?

Benoît (B): Hi! I'm Benoît. I come from France near Lyon in the South-east. I'm studying Architecture in Saint-Etienne. I went to Scotland last year in a exchange with the ERASUS program.

STS: Tell us one random or interesting fact about yourself Benoit!

B: An interesting fact about myself? Well, because the topic is about hair I come from a family of three children. My older brother has brown hair, my younger sister is blond and I am ginger.

STS Does being ginger mean anything to you in particular? Do you feel it adds personality to your character?

B: Of course it means mean something specific. When you're born different and everybody likse to remind you of it very often, you have to build yourself like a unique person. Even I'm not alone with that difference. It's always funny to see the other 'boring-dark-haired' people try so hard to be different. Where I live there is very few gingers than in Scotland. So you know you'll never be discrete or unrecognisable.

STS: Gingers are incredibly rare. Have you ever used your unique hair colour to get out of a bad situation or to help out in some way?

B: I don't think being ginger has ever helped me. May be sometimes it has led me to have more trouble that if I had some other different hair. You know that kind of difference can sometimes cause a kind of racism.

STS: With the news that National Geographic Magazine has said gingers will go extinct by 2060 how does that make you feel?

B: I didn't see this article but it surprises me. What I understood about ginger genetics is that the ginger 'gene' is a recessive trait. That means it will express if two 'ginger genes' will be in the pair of chromosome. But even if it is not expressed in a person it can still be transmitted. So It can go through the generations, without being seen until a good combination match. So I don't believe it will be extinct. Maybe, because it's easier to travel now and so easier to mix the different genes of people we will have fewer gingers. But we will still be there. There is a ginger in every corner of the planet. Even in Africa or in Asia. So I will be surprised if gingers will become extinct (and mostly because I will be still there in 2060). Anyway if gingers have to disappear it will be a loss for humanity. Diversity is always better and ginger are a part of it.

STS: Any funny or interesting stories about being ginger?

B: That's an easy one: last year I was in a party in Glasgow. In a flat full of scottish people. And an guy said to me, "that's funny because you're maybe the guy who lookslike the most Scottish at the party and you're speaking with an French accent". Also, a funny fact: my translator is refusing to translate 'ginger' like 'red hair' as I type ('roux' in French) but it's always translating it like the spice.

STS: Cheers for chatting Benoit!

B: Thanks you. I hope I can come back to Scotland soon and meet you again.