Another example of “bluish” whites in a young woman’s eyes?

I was looking at my old post on the chokers women wear on their necks, because a visitor to this blog had clearly taken a recent interest in it, and noticed the following picture, which is a fairly good example of the slight bluish tinge seen in the sclerae or “whites” of some young women’s eyes:


(Check out the cute clavicles (collarbones); apparently clavicles on women are a thing.)

I have written previously about the phenomenon of “bluish” whites in the eyes of young people, especially young women, here, here and here. I think it is due to the optical effect known as the Tyndall effect.

I wonder if the almost bluish tinge of some black human skin could have its origin in the Tyndall effect as well:


Steve Sailer on this phenomenon:

“At the other end, whites don’t particularly notice distinctions in dark skin color until it becomes so dark it takes on blue or purple highlights, such as Avatar-like basketball player Manute Bol and the fat girl in Precious. White people (and African-Americans as well) tend to be a little weirded out by blue, a color you don’t see much of among mammals. But blueishness is very rare among African Americans, and not even that common among Africans — you might see it in Senegal or Sudan but seldom in Nigeria.”

7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Julian O'Dea on October 3, 2015 at 11:54 am

    from Animal Biochromes and Structural Colours: Physical, Chemical, Distributional …
    By Denis Llewellyn Fox

    Touches on Tyndall effect and bluish white sclerae and also discusses blue effects in the skin, due in many cases to black pigment such as melanin in the epidermis (or dermis) in the case of tattooing, “Mongolian spots” in newborns, some abnormal cases of hyperpigmentation – and it is therefore possible that the bluish tinge of some African skin is due to a similar effect.


  2. […] I touched on clavicles before. […]


  3. […] have written previously at this blog about the bluish tinge some very dark-skinned Africans have, and speculated that its origin might be […]


  4. […] I have written about this blue effect and its possible relationship to the optical “Tyndall effect” here. […]


  5. […] On black skin with blue tones. […]


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