Violet is the mystery of human eyes. The majority of people have brown, blue, green, or hazel eyes. Violet eyes are rare, however.
One exception was notable. Elizabeth Taylor’s eyes, the 20th-century movie star, were strikingly violet-purple in certain scenes. In other scenes, however, her eyes were dark blue.
Is Taylor really a violet-eyed person? Are violet eyes real? Let’s look a little deeper.
From where does violet eye color originate?
Nature is puzzling about eye color. Did you know that blue eyes can be a misinterpretation of the real color? When we talk about violet eyes or purple eyes, the mystery becomes even more complex.
Melanin is the same substance that colors your skin and hair. The iris, which is the part of your eyes that is tinted, contains melanin. For example, the Kenyans have more melanin than their counterparts from Denmark. This is why many Africans have darker skin and brown eyes than Europeans.
Blue-eyed people don’t have an iris with a blue tint. The beauty of blue, as it turns out is, is in the eye. The sky is blue because you can see it. Light waves are scattered in the earth’s atmosphere and some people’s iris. This causes the sky and certain people’s eyes to appear blue.
Violet is a rare form of blue, but it is a color in the eye. You need to have a particular type of structure within the iris to create the violet-colored light scattering melanin pigment.
The appearance of blue eyes is a relatively recent development in human history. According to some scientists, all people who have blue eyes result from a single mutation that took place around 10,000 years ago. If this is true, an iconic cinema icon probably was one of the ancient person’s descendants.
What’s with Elizabeth Taylor’s violet eyes?
Elizabeth Taylor was born on December 31, 1932. She was one of the most popular movie stars in the 1950s and 1970s. It didn’t matter if she was Cleopatra and the wife of an Oil Baron. There was one constant that remained consistent in all of her closeups. That was the captivating shade of her eyes.
Depending on the lighting, makeup, wardrobe, and sets, closeups of her eyes reveal eyes that are between violet and deep blue. Her Oscar-nominated role as “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” co-stars alongside Paul Newman. He is well-known for his piercing, light-blue eyes. It’s difficult to imagine a more striking eye color contrast. (Fans of Taylor can forgive Taylor for wondering what her directors thought as they shot “Father of the Bride,” “Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf” in black/white.
What do we know about Taylor? A collection of Vogue photographs can be scanned to get a better idea. The dark-blue color range has a wide selection of shades.
Classic Hollywood Central has a quote from an Australian film critic who first met her in person at a film debut in 1973. “I was invited to her presence at an official reception and was instantly captivated by her famous violet eyes. I have never seen eyes this vivid before, and I’m not sure how cinemagoers can appreciate their beauty.
Taylor’s eyes were like every person’s. The dark blue can be accentuated or lowered by using mascara, scarves, and blouses. Photographers use the same lighting techniques.
Taylor’s eyes, whether deep blue or violet, were stunning.
Violet eyes don’t necessarily have to be rare
If you would like to capture that Elizabeth Taylor looks, you can order colored lenses. Be familiar with the basics of contact lens selection and how they affect your lifestyle.
To try out any contact, you must first see an eye doctor.
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