In the symbolic Landscape of American Media, a pale goddess appears: tossing ash-blond
hair, she pleads, "Don't hate me because I'm beautiful," with apparent innocence.
I was very fair, with ash-blond
hair, and I suffered in the scorching sunshine after my hat was removed for the picture.
Although the Duchess is "ash-blond
" and "patrician" (West 101), her interracial heritage places her, according to Beacon Hill standards, on the wrong side of the line "between a man who looked white and a man who was white" (101, italics added).