When you hear the words “genetic mutation,” the first thing that comes in our mind isn’t breathtaking beauty. However, it’s clear that sometimes being different creates immense beauty, as is the case with 11-year-old Amina Ependieva.
This little girl from Grozny, the capital city of Chechnya, in Russia, has inherited both albinism and heterochromia and her unique appearance is fascinating. The former is a condition that reduces the amount of melanin pigment in the skin, eyes, and hair, while the latter is a difference in coloration of the iris.
Chechen photographer Amina Arsakova was in a shopping center when she spotted a picture of 11-year-old Amina Ependieva. And instantly, she was intrigued and mesmerized by the young girl’s appearance. This is because Ependieva has two rare genetic conditions: albinism and heterochromia. And these conditions have made her one in a million.
Image Credit & More Info: Amina Arsakova
Amina Ependieva was born on December 11, 2008, in Grozny, the capital city of Chechnya, Russia. Amina is said to living there since her birth. However, many netizens are also claiming Amina to be from Kurchaloy, a small town in Chechnya. She is very well known in Chechnya for her breathtaking beauty.
Amina Ependieva’s photos were first posted by photographer Amina Arsakova on her Instagram page, thus telling her followers that her “search for the beauty has once again succeeded.”
Albinism reduces the amount of melanin pigment in the skin, eyes, and hair, while heterochromia results in a difference in coloration of the iris.
Ependieva has them both; she has white-blonde hair and pale skin with one blue eye and one brown eye.
Arsakova wanted to do a photo-shoot with this beautiful young lady and contacting her wasn’t easy. After some searching, she could get her mother’s phone number. They scheduled a portrait session after that.
“Amina Ependieva turned out to be a very nice and calm girl,” Arsakova tells. The portraits are spectacular. They depict Ependieva in tranquil interior scenes where she is seated in a neutral setting. The close-ups capture the extraordinary beauty of the young girl.
Arsakova got to know the girl through image-making; yet she has a lot to learn about Ependieva.
“Unfortunately, it was not at all possible to find out details about the features of her appearance,” she says.
“I hope that in the near future it will be possible to arrange a new photo-shoot with Amina Ependieva and chat in a relaxed atmosphere.”