What Are Sicilian Women Like?

Sicilian women tend to have brown hair and dark eyes, but some have red or blonde hair and blue eyes. Those with darker features are referred to as "more," meaning "Moors," while those with red hair are referred to as "normanne," or "Normans." Sicilian women do not universally conform to stereotypes, such as the poorly-educated "vastasa," "cafona" or "giuseppina," and are often highly motivated to seek professional careers and study English.

Some other more general stereotypes are also obsolete in contemporary Sicily. Many visitors expect a carefree attitude from Sicilians and are sometimes surprised to find them to be more somber, at least at first. Likewise, not all Sicilian women are of the matriarchal pasta-cooking "mama" stereotype.