The OED defines blond (noun) as:
A person with blond hair; one with light or ‘fair’ hair and the corresponding complexion; esp. a woman, in which case spelt blonde.
- 1822 Edin. Rev. 199 Brenda, the laughing blue-eyed blonde.
Other sources suggest that "blonde" as a noun should be avoided as it may sound sexiest and offensive:
Blonde may be used to describe a woman’s hair, but it is sometimes considered offensive to refer to a woman as ‘a blonde’ because hair colour should not define what a person is like. (OLD)
The use of blonde as a noun in reference to a female with blonde hair is best avoided because it can be interpreted as sexist. (The Grammarist)
- When did the the noun "blonde" acquire a negative connotation"?
- Is it still nowadays better to avoid referring to a woman as "a blonde"?
- Are there differences in this respect between AmE vs BrE?