When I was in Ireland long ago, I saw people (especially in the rural areas) who had hair so red it seemed literally to glow like neon lights. Their skin was pale pink and almost translucent, but they were not albinos. I suspect they were a little inbred, but this coloration would be worth it. I have never seen that color type anywhere else. Now imagine thousands and thousands of people with that rare coloration, and you have the population of fantasy heroines, both written and artistically depicted, emoting and enchanting their way through the genre you love and cherish, as the brown-haired unheroic non-entity that the reader is.
This nametag portrait of a Darkovan lovely was made for a fan who used the pseudonym "Koori," which was the name of a (non-red-haired alien) character on the 1979-1981 TV show, "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century."
Nametag miniature is ink and watercolor on Fabriano paper, 3 1/2 " x 2 1/4", July 1982.