An albino woman has gone viral on TikTok thanks to her incredible violet-coloured eyes – leaving fans comparing her to a “supernatural being”.
Mackenzie Strong, 19, from Illinois, US, shares videos of herself on the app, where she has built up a following of 400,000 fans.
The student was born with oculocutaneous albinism type 1 A – a condition that affects the colouring of the skin, hair and eyes.
For Mackenzie, this means having naturally white hair and violet-coloured eyes, as well as poor vision.
Her unique features have led to internet fame after she started sharing videos of herself on TikTok.
In one post, Mackenzie zooms in on her face as she lip-syncs to a song, writing: “MY loss? I have naturally white hair, purple eyes, and am 1 in 20,000.”
The popular video racked up 1.8 million likes and was viewed 12.5 million times.
One person commented: “This is honestly so cool bro.”
“The definition is ‘I’m not like the other girls’ and I’m here for it,” said another user.
Someone else added: “You’re actually an angel bruh.” [sic]
“Ok but ur actually fabulous,” agreed another person. [sic]
“Violet eyes are very rare,” someone else said.
One user even compared Mackenzie to a “supernatural being”, while other people said she resembled a “real life angel”.
“Ur literally unreal what,” one viewer added. [sic]
Another person said: “She screams RARE BEAUTY.”
“Your like a movie character,” someone else commented.
Albinism – which affects one in every 20,000 people – is hereditary, with both of Mackenzie’s parents carrying the gene, giving them a 25% chance of having a child with albinism.
“I made my first video in July of 2019 as a joke because all of my friends were making TikToks, and it got 2,000 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 again was even more blown away because I was just joking about my condition, since that’s what I always do.
“I either get the people who make fun of my wiggly eyes, or how pale I am, or I’ll get the people who say ‘embrace your uniqueness’.
“I also get people accusing me of lying about being albino and blind, but I also get people who are albino and or legally blind like myself.
“I enjoy getting DMs from people who tell 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.”
Despite her condition affecting her vision – with Mackenzie registered as legally blind – the student is a college-level swimmer and hopes to make the 2024 Paralympic Games.