|Italian silent film star Rudolph Valentino as bullfighter|
in Blood and Sand (1922), the original "Latin lover" and
embodiment of the stereotype for dark eyes, dark hair
|Hollywood's present-day Latin lover, Spanish|
(Andalusian no less) actor Antonio Banderas
But returning to physical stereotypes, the reality in Spain is quite different. There are _vast_ regional differences and variations in hair type and eye color. Fair skin, blue and green eyes, light brown, blond, and even red hair is common in many regions. For example, in Alicante many people have distinctively green eyes and in the northern regions, such as the Basque Country and Asturias, it is common to find Spaniards who would be hard to distinguish from our common stereotypes of northern Europeans. This is not to mention the light brown and wavy hair that is characteristic throughout the Mediterranean regions.
|Andalusian actress Paz Vega, who probably best represents|
the classic dark eyes, dark straight hair Andalusian look
|Madrid-born Pilar López de la Ayala, representing a similar dark eye,|
dark hair Castilian look when playing Juana la Loca (2001).
|The new look of Spain? Spanish actress Elsa Pataky,|
of part Romanian heritage and with bleach-blond hair.
So chalk this one up to yet another Romantic misconception about Spain we seem unable to shake.