You may think that Alexandria’s Genesis is an entirely made-up condition, and we won’t blame you for thinking that because you’re not the only one. In fact, no one seems to exist with this condition today, and it is not actually known whether it existed in the first place, or if it is a subject of fiction and myth. As far as the scientific community is aware, this condition does not exist today, and there is no actual evidence of it existing in history.
The condition is believed to be a genetic mutation where, for six months after a baby is born, the eyes will turn from a gray or blue shade, to a beautiful purple or lilac one. As the child ages, around puberty time, the eyes may darken into a more vivid or darker shade of purple, but the eyes will still be purple, and the person will have no sight-hindrance. They will be able to see things just like regular-sighted people.
There are other symptoms attributed to Alexandria’s Genesis, and these include the patient not growing hair on various parts of the body. Facial, body, pubic, and anal hair does not grow, but head-hair does, as does eyelashes, eyebrows and nose / ear hairs. There are also suggestions that women with this condition may also experience no menstruation, but can still bear children and have healthy pregnancies. In short, those with Alexandria’s Genesis are said to be virtually “perfect” people. Of course, through myths and fables (due to the lack of scientific research into the condition), there are other reports of astounding Alexandria’s Genesis symptoms. These include skin that does not tan or burn, but shimmers, almost like that of Edward Cullen’s skin in the cult movie, Twilight. Going back to the “perfect person” idea, the patient with this condition is said to always have a “perfect” body, with no way of putting on or losing weight, and can live for longer, up to 150 years, but stop aging at around the 50 years of age mark. Most dangerous diseases are immune as well.
It must have come from somewhere, right? Otherwise, these stories wouldn’t exist at all. Well, scientists and historians have clubbed together to find the first recorded reports of this condition in the times of Ancient Egypt – around 1,000 years ago. According to myths, there was a big flash in the sky, and when people went outside to see the flash, their skin turned pale, and their eyes turned into that beautiful purple shade that has been connected to the condition. These people disappeared, and it was believed that they have been turned into some sort of spirit.
It was in England that the first “real-life” recorded case was apparently noted, back in 1329. A girl was born, who was given the name Alexandria, and she had daughters of her own who went on to live for over one hundred years. This girl was said to have purple eyes and pale skin, following the genetic traits the condition is said to take.
It was during the 1960s that scientists and medical officers found a genetic variant that could actually have caused Alexandria’s Genesis, but it is still not certain whether the condition ever actually existed.
This is a tough question to answer. There ARE reports that pale skinned people with lilac or purple eyes have existed, but there is no real scientific research, or sure-fire evidence, to back the theories and tales that circulate. It is possible that people could have amazing immune systems due to a genetic trait that would cause them to become immune to various diseases, and also to cause a change in eye color to purple, but there is nothing to link these things together, or to suggest that they ever have been linked together medically.
Although it is suggested that Elizabeth Taylor could actually have this condition, with many reporting her eyes are a very purple / lilac shade when you look into them up close and personal, it is unlikely that this condition ever existed. If it did, the symptoms and by-products of the condition have been massively exaggerated. The reports that one patient lived to be over 150 years old, for example, can be disproved immediately, as the oldest living person was 122.
For clarification on purple eyes syndrome, it IS possible for humans to have lilac or purple colored eyes, but the links to a “super human” style event can not and have not been proven. The photos that you may see online are thought to be fake, achieved with colored contact lenses and clever Photoshop trickery.