We need to talk about pink. There is a problem with pink and it’s not that little girls love it. It’s that too many adults hate it. Part of the problem with pink, and it’s not pink’s problem but our problem, is that we have been conditioned to believe it only represents the feminine. Not only that, but specific kinds of femininity.

Sartorially speaking, it has been the signature colour for many strong women. The vigilante Gulabi Gang of Uttar Pradesh wear magenta sarees, a colour they say represents power and respect. For them it was the obvious choice to wear whilst fighting violence against women. Mexican artist and iconoclast, Frida Kahlo, also donned the shade. In one of my favourite portraits, she’s wearing a bright fuchsia shawl and matching flowers in her hair. First Lady, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, adored the colour. Her most notable outfits were a silk shantung gown and a Chanel suit. Pink is eye catching and commands a room. Ask any man who wears it. Even the SAS drive flamingo Land Rovers in the desert. They have been aptly named Pink Panthers.  

 

Bankers and barristers have been long time fans of blush shirts. Most City Boys have at least one in their wardrobe. When I used to see high-powered businessmen wearing soft shades of marshmallow, I thought perhaps they were using it as a diversionary tactic. Like wolves in sheep’s clothing, it’s easier to attack if no one suspects you. Then I realised pink is the wolf’s clothing, though it is also the innocent’s.

Holy man, Meher Baba, wore a rose silk coat, which makes perfect sense when you consider the healing effect of rose quartz. The colour is said to be the aura of healers, poets, writers, and lovers. It is the shade of higher consciousness.

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Pink is a flavour. It cleanses the palate like that bite of ginger after a mouthful of eel. It’s also vanilla ice cream stained with squirls of strawberry sauce or the pleasantly sharp ruby grapefruit in your cocktail. Pink is a feeling and a mood. It’s poolside at The Beverly Hills Hotel and seaside at the Royal Hawaiian in Waikiki. It’s the beaches in Barbuda and the buildings in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It’s California sunsets and sculpted sandstone in the Southwest. It’s cherry blossoms and cactus roses and the roses in your cheeks. Pink is good. Pink is versatile. Pink is not just for little girls; it is for everyone. So embrace it.

Misti Traya is an award winning writer and actress.

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I agree, I think pink deserves more respect and these days it could be some way the color of rebelion cause not so many people will consider to wear it at first but just like yellow you could asume that brave people, creative people and people who doesnt care about what other people thinks would be probably the ones who would wear it more.

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I guess many of us associate pink with something for little girls only. I myself couldn’t wear pink for a while when I was a teenager, because I wanted to look all grown up. Over the past few years, I have been wearing it every now and then and I also like painting my nails pink. By reading your article, I now few more empowered by this color. I dind’t know Frida Kahlo also liked it…

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Pink is the color of power and the powerful. Pink is seductive. That is why many women love it. I love blue though and would you say I am the exception?

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I am not a fun of pink as much as I am a lady, mostly due to the fact that i consider it a color for young girls and babies. I have to admit though that there is a warmth and sophistication that it exudes , and I am definitely going to add some of that in my wardrobe.

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I’m not in full-pink type of girl. But I love to combine it with other colors like baby blue or other colors. It looks sweet and strong at the same time.

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I never realized it but I guess I also do kind of hate pink. This stirs up sociological questions.

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We are all guilty of this guys in particular guys which as you said looks at pink as a female color, I think it is time to change that perspective.

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Pink is mostly associated with little girls as far as I know. I don’t know much about violating it, but it’s like of pleasant to me when my little sister is on pink.

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I agree pink is for everyone. Thanks to this post I’ve learned a lot about the significance of the color pink to historical icons of our older generation.

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I used to like blue when I was growing up but when I grew up my attraction to pink also grew. I agree that pink is not just a colour, it can be a statement, lifestyle, mood. It can symbolize a lot of things, it can be everything.

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I can’t agree more when you said it was about mood and feeling. Since I was boyish girl, I used to hate that color. Lately I found myself started to b in love with pink. I don’t know why 🙂

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