Bartoli, a first-time winner of a Grand Slam tournament at 28, played it off in a classy way.
"It doesn't matter, honestly," Bartolia said. "I am not blond, yes. That is a fact. Have I dreamt about having a model contract? No. I'm sorry. But have I dreamed about winning Wimbledon? Absolutely, yes."
Inverdale later apologized, saying it was all in fun.
"We poked fun, in a nice way, about how she looks," he said, "but Marion Bartoli is an incredible role model."
That was not lost on Bartoli's father, who helped develop her game as a coach.
"I am not angry," Walter Bartoli said. "She is my beautiful daughter."
Wire service and Internet reports contributed to this story.