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Albino woman becomes TikTok star thanks to VIOLET EYES – users call her ‘supernatural’

An albino woman has gone viral on TikTok thanks to her incredible violet eyes – leading fans to compare her to a “supernatural being” and a “real angel.”

Mackenzie Strong, 19, shares videos of herself on the app, where she has built a following of more than 400,000 fans.

The student was born with oculocutaneous albinism type 1A – a condition that affects the color of the skin, hair and eyes.

For Mackenzie, who is from Illinois, this means naturally having white hair and violet eyes, as well as poor eyesight.

Her unique features sparked internet fame after she started sharing videos of herself on TikTok.

An albino woman has gone viral on TikTok thanks to her incredible violet eyes

An albino woman has gone viral on TikTok thanks to her incredible violet eyes

Mackenzie Strong, 19, has been branded a 'supernatural being' and a 'true angel' by her 400,000 followers

Mackenzie Strong, 19, has been branded a 'supernatural being' and a 'true angel' by her 400,000 followers

Mackenzie Strong, 19, has been branded a ‘supernatural being’ and a ‘true angel’ by her 400,000 followers

Her unique features sparked internet fame after she started sharing videos of herself on TikTok in 2019

Her unique features sparked internet fame after she started sharing videos of herself on TikTok in 2019

Her unique features sparked internet fame after she started sharing videos of herself on TikTok in 2019

She likes to post videos where she 'jokes about her condition'

She likes to post videos where she 'jokes about her condition'

She likes to post videos where she 'jokes about her condition'

She likes to post videos where she 'jokes about her condition'

She likes to post videos where she ‘jokes about her condition’

WHAT IS OCULOUTANE ALBINISM TYPE 1

  • Oculocutaneous albinism type 1 is a condition that affects the discoloration of the skin, hair and eyes
  • Signs and symptoms include very fair skin, white hair, an increased risk of skin damage with sun exposure, decreased vision, light-colored irises, nystagmus, and photophobia (eyes are sensitive to light)
  • It is caused by changes in the TYR gene and is inherited in an autosomal recessive manner
  • Source: Rare Diseases.info.nih.gov

“I made my first video in July 2019 as a joke because all my friends were making TikToks and it got 2000 likes,” Mackenzie told Jam Press.

“I was really shocked because I assumed only my friends would see it, and when I made two more, I got 30,000 likes on both.

“I was once again blown away even more because I was only joking about my condition because that’s what I always do.

“Either I get the people who joke about my wobbly eyes, or how pale I am, or I get the people who say ’embrace your uniqueness.’

“I also get people who accuse me of lying about being albino and blind, but I also get people who are albino and or legally blind like me.

“I like getting DMs from people telling me I’ve made a difference in their lives, and I’ve often gotten that from people who have the same or similar conditions as I do.”

In one post, Mackenzie zoomed in on her face while lip-syncing a song and wrote, “MY loss? I have naturally white hair, purple eyes and am 1 in 20,000.’

The popular video received 1.8 million likes and 12.5 million views.

The student was born with oculocutaneous albinism type 1A - a condition that affects discoloration of the skin, hair and eyes

The student was born with oculocutaneous albinism type 1A - a condition that affects discoloration of the skin, hair and eyes

The student was born with oculocutaneous albinism type 1A – a condition that affects discoloration of the skin, hair and eyes

For Mackenzie, who is from Illinois, that means he has naturally white hair and violet eyes, as well as poor eyesight

For Mackenzie, who is from Illinois, that means he has naturally white hair and violet eyes, as well as poor eyesight

For Mackenzie, who is from Illinois, that means he has naturally white hair and violet eyes, as well as poor eyesight

Albinism — which affects one in 20,000 people — is hereditary, with both Mackenzie's parents carrying the gene, giving them a 25 percent chance of having a child with albinism

Albinism — which affects one in 20,000 people — is hereditary, with both Mackenzie's parents carrying the gene, giving them a 25 percent chance of having a child with albinism

Albinism — which affects one in 20,000 people — is hereditary, with both Mackenzie’s parents carrying the gene, giving them a 25 percent chance of having a child with albinism

Signs and symptoms include an increased risk of skin damage with sun exposure, decreased vision, light-colored irises, nystagmus, and photophobia (eyes are sensitive to light)

Signs and symptoms include an increased risk of skin damage with sun exposure, decreased vision, light-colored irises, nystagmus, and photophobia (eyes are sensitive to light)

Signs and symptoms include an increased risk of skin damage with sun exposure, decreased vision, light-colored irises, nystagmus, and photophobia (eyes are sensitive to light)

One person commented, ‘This is really so cool bro.’

“The definition is ‘I’m not like the other girls’ and that’s what I’m here for,” says another user.

Someone else added, “You’re actually a little angel.”

“Okay but [you’re] actually fantastic,’ agreed another.

“Violet eyes are very rare,” said someone else.

One user even compared Mackenzie to a “supernatural being,” while other people said she looked like a “real angel.”

‘[You’re] literally unreal what,” one viewer added.

Another person said, “She screams RARE BEAUTY.”

“You’re like a movie character,” another commented.

Although Mackenzie said she sometimes gets nasty comments, most of her videos are inundated with positive comments

Although Mackenzie said she sometimes gets nasty comments, most of her videos are inundated with positive comments

Although Mackenzie said she sometimes gets nasty comments, most of her videos are inundated with positive comments

“Okay but [you’re] really fantastic,” one person gushed in a recent video

Another said: 'This is really so cool bro'

Another said: 'This is really so cool bro'

Another said: ‘This is really so cool bro’

Some people even compare her to an 'angel'

Some people even compare her to an 'angel'

Some people even compare her to an ‘angel’

'You look like a supernatural creature in the best possible way,' wrote one TikTok user

'You look like a supernatural creature in the best possible way,' wrote one TikTok user

‘You look like a supernatural creature in the best possible way,’ wrote one TikTok user

Another added: 'She's a Goddess, how did it? [it] do you feel yourself falling from the sky?'

Another added: 'She's a Goddess, how did it? [it] do you feel yourself falling from the sky?'

Another added: ‘She’s a Goddess, how did it? [it] do you feel yourself falling from the sky?’

Mackenzie said she was 'really shocked' and 'blown away' by the reactions she got online

Mackenzie said she was 'really shocked' and 'blown away' by the reactions she got online

Mackenzie said she was ‘really shocked’ and ‘blown away’ by the reactions she got online

She said, 'I like getting DMs from people telling me I've made a difference in their lives, and I've gotten that a lot from people who have the same or similar conditions as me'

She said, 'I like getting DMs from people telling me I've made a difference in their lives, and I've gotten that a lot from people who have the same or similar conditions as me'

She said, ‘I like getting DMs from people telling me I’ve made a difference in their lives, and I’ve gotten that a lot from people who have the same or similar conditions as me’

In another video, which has racked up nearly 50,000 likes, she explains, “Everyone is always commenting on how they want to be albino because of my white hair and purple eyes. But what about if you get random red spots on your face because of how pale your skin is?

‘Or how about being ridiculed for having your eyes crossed? Or how about when your hair is dyed yellow by random things because of how delicate and white it is?

Or how about when movies laugh at you for a condition you have and turn you into an evil monster? However, you don’t want to talk about that. You just want the white hair and purple eyes, you don’t want any eye disease, you don’t want a sunburn.’

In another video, Mackenzie revealed she had an eye condition called nystagmus, which causes her eye to move back and forth.

In one video, Mackenzie revealed she had an eye condition called nystagmus, which causes her eye to move back and forth

In one video, Mackenzie revealed she had an eye condition called nystagmus, which causes her eye to move back and forth

In one video, Mackenzie revealed she had an eye condition called nystagmus, which causes her eye to move back and forth

She explained, “Nystagmus is a loose muscle in your eye. Because albinism is the lack of pigmentation and eyes need pigmentation to function, there are parts that don’t work”

Despite being legally blind, Mackenzie is a college-level swimmer and hopes to make it to the 2024 Paralympic Games

Despite being legally blind, Mackenzie is a college-level swimmer and hopes to make it to the 2024 Paralympic Games

Despite being legally blind, Mackenzie is a college-level swimmer and hopes to make it to the 2024 Paralympic Games

She certainly didn't let her slow down

She certainly didn't let her slow down

She certainly didn't let her slow down

She certainly didn't let her slow down

She certainly didn’t let her slow down

“It’s a common condition for albinos,” she explained. Nystagmus is just a loose muscle in your eye.

And because albinism is the lack of pigment and the eyes need pigmentation to function, there are parts of the eyes that don’t work. That’s why we lose muscle in our eyes. Not all albinos have this, but most of us do.’

Albinism — which affects one in 20,000 people — is hereditary, with both Mackenzie’s parents carrying the gene, giving them a 25% chance of having a child with albinism.

Despite her condition affecting her eyesight – with Mackenzie registered as legally blind – the student is a college-level swimmer and hopes to make it to the 2024 Paralympic Games.

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