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Exploring the Color Pink - Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Pink

Updated on July 7, 2011

"We are all pink on the inside", quote by the singer PINK.



The color pink gets its name from the the beautiful flowering plant (shown above) called pinks of the genus Dianthus dating back to the 17th century. The verb "to pink" denotes the frilled edges of the plant.    


Gender affiliation to color dates back to the 1920's, or possibly earlier. From 1920-1940 pink was a color favored for boys because it was related to the color red which was thought to be a masculine color. Blue, on the other hand, was considered to be a more dainty color and was reserved for girls. Then in the 1940's the societal color norm did a flip flop and pink became associated with girls and blue with boys.


The world of entertainment has numerous "Pink" celebrities.

Pincus Leff, better known as PINKY LEE, a burlesque comic who hosted his own TV show in the early 1950's turned his given name into his stage nickname. Although his show did not have a link to the color pink, some marketing did include the color PINK as shown by the Pinky Lee pink shoelaces that sold for $.25.

PINK FLOYD the infamous rock bank actually got their name from borrowing from two blues musicians Pink Anderson and Floyd Council which had nothing to do with the color PINK.

But another famous rocker PINK and the cartoon character THE PINK PANTHER do have a link to the color or PINK.

PINK - The Rock Star

Pink, Alecia Beth Moore born in Doylestown, PA, got her stage name from the shade of pink her cheeks turned when she got embarrassed. She died her hair to match and the name stuck. She records on the labels LeFace and Artista.


The adorable animated character the PINK PANTHER, obviously very much indebted to the color pink, originated in film in 1963. The Pink Panther series of films were written by Peter Sellers and Blake Edwards and the Pink Panther theme was written by Henry Mancini. In later years the PANTHER was portrayed in cartoons and animated shorts. This little pink fellow obviously does not get his color from nature, but pink creatures do exist in the animal kingdom.

PINK by Aerosmith


Examples of pink in the animal kingdom.

  • The pink iguana is a native of the northern Isabela Island of the Galapagos Islands. The pink iguana was first discovered in 1986 and was recognized as a species in 2009.
  • The Pink Dolphin is a freshwater endangered species living in Orinco, Amazon and Araguaia/Tocantins River systems of Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela.
  • The White Elephant is not actually white but takes on more of a pink hue. This is a rare albino elephant and is held in reverence in several countries in Southeast Asia.
  • Flamingos get their pink color from the pink pigments in their diet which consists of blue, green, and red algae, crustaceans, mollusks and small fishes.

Pink Iguana

Pink Dolphin

White Elephant


Pink Flamingo


The Color Pink in The Home

Feng Shui

Pink is known as the universal color of love making it the perfect feng shui color for soothing energy in a room. Pink has proven to have a soothing effect on behavior with its delicate and gentle vibrations. Various shades of pink have different connotations and project a different feel according to where they are placed in a room.

If placed in the Southwest area of the living space the color pink is connected to love and marriage. Gentle pink is used most often in feng shui; however magenta, which is more of a hot color of pink, is becoming more widely used, particularly when paired with orange.


Pink in Fashion

Elsa Schiaparelli (1890-1973) a prominent Italian fashion designer was known for introduction of pink into the fashion market. She used shocking pink, which is a fuchsia and red combination, to form her hallmark color which she used as the Schiaparelli trademark. The House of Schiaparelli operated from 1928 - 1954.

A homage to Schiaparelli is the Schiaparelli Suite of the May Fair Hotel in London.


Room Called In The Pink - May Fair Hotel London - Named for Avante-Garde Italian Designer Elsa Schiaparelli


Pink in the Garden

Pink provides an uplifting calming appeal to the garden. Many flower varieties are available in the color pink. The summer garden zinnias in pale and bright shades of pink and the perennial flowering hibiscus in a luscious shade of fuchsia serve as a welcome mat for bees, butterflies, and an occasional hummingbird.

A Classic Favorite - Pink Carnations

"A white sports coat and a pink carnation

I'm all dressed up for the dance

A white sports coat and a pink carnation

I'm all alone in romance"

by Marty Robbins, Songwriter


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    • soozeqsh profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Boyertown, PA

      touchsomeone - Glad you enjoyed my PINK hub. Thanks.

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      7 years ago

      I loved this day, and sharing favorite Color.. !!

    • soozeqsh profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Boyertown, PA

      Denise, Thank you for your thoughtful comment and vote. Your remark is a good topic for a hub -- Factors that influenced gender color ideals and social norms.

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Voted WAY UP and useful/awesome. I think you covered every angle of pink here. Great info. I learned a few new things, but one that stands out is at the beginning of your hub when you write about the social norms in the 40's. Who would have thought that our culture originally supported baby boys in pink and girls in blue. I'm curious now, as to the factors that influenced the switch.

      Also, loved the photos to support your hub. Great job.

    • b. Malin profile image

      b. Malin 

      7 years ago

      What an uplifting Hub...Really in the Pink! Pink is such s "Happy Coloring"...I was read, women choose Pink to dress in when their Romance, or Love Life is a Happy one! Thanks for sharing Soozeqsh.

    • soozeqsh profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Boyertown, PA

      Thoutforce - thanks for sharing your thoughts on the color pink. Pink and green is a great combo! I also like pink and black.

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      Christina Lornemark 

      7 years ago from Sweden

      Wonderful article about a very beautiful color! I like pink because it is a rather quite color. And pink is a winner in the garden and it goes well toghether with any color of green. Thanks for this wonderful article with great information and photos!

    • soozeqsh profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Boyertown, PA

      Genesis - I'm glad you enjoyed my hub on the color pink. I appreciate your input and comments.

    • Genesis profile image


      7 years ago from Canada

      Pink is such a wonderful color, and all of the things listed here in your Hub are my favorites! I'll have to apply the Feng Shui tip for the home. Thank you for such an informative article.

    • soozeqsh profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Boyertown, PA

      b. malin - I am glad you enjoyed my hub and thanks for the commentary.

    • soozeqsh profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Boyertown, PA

      Iris - I will have to check out the film Black Swan. You are the expert when it comes to matters of color and the important role they play.

    • b. Malin profile image

      b. Malin 

      7 years ago

      I will never look at Pink in the same way again. A very rich and informative read.You put a lot of work into this Hub and it shows... It's in the pink!

    • Iris Lebow profile image

      Iris Lebow 

      7 years ago

      Beautiful article on many aspects of the color pink. Was just talking about pink the other day after seeing the movie, The Black Swan. The color actually had a supporting role. Just goes to show the importance of color in our lives.


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