The Rare Eye Condition Paris Jackson Lives With

Every time Michael Jackson's daughter Paris Jackson makes a public appearance, we find that we can't stop looking at her famously icy blue eyes. 

Recently, we saw the stunning model and singer on stage at the Tony Awards where, along with her brother Prince Jackson, Paris introduced the musical performance from "MJ: The Musical," the award-winning Broadway production based on their dad's life. As always, Paris' eyes absolutely popped. Her makeup artist Jo Baker told Elle in a 2018 interview, "There's almost no look you can do on Paris where her eyes don't look amazing. They're just this outrageously beautiful pale aquatic marine blue so any make-up on her just pops. I call her Baby Wolf Eyes because it's like looking at husky puppies, her eyes are so National Geographic."   

While Paris' mother, Debbie Rowe, has blue eyes as well, they are not nearly so light in color, and her father Michael's eyes were brown. So, how did Paris' eyes get to be such a stunning color? Turns out, it could be due to a rare eye condition.

Paris Jackson could have Waardenburg syndrome

Back in 2017, after Paris Jackson's bold makeup at the VMAs got everyone in the beauty world talking, Jo Baker told Teen Vogue in an interview that Jackson's unique eye pigmentation is due to a rare eye condition that impacts the color. Baker also noted that the condition does not impact the model's sight. Baker didn't name the condition in the interview, but a little research indicates that it could be Waardenburg syndrome. As a source explained to Insider, the condition impacts one in 40,000 people, and that it can also affect hair color, skin color, and hearing loss. 

As of right now, it doesn't look like Jackson has indicated any other symptoms of the syndrome other than her frosty blue gaze. It also doesn't appear to be shared by either of her brothers so, for better or for worse, there's no way the King of Pop's only daughter can help but stand out from the crowd. 

Other celebrities also have rare eye conditions

Paris Jackson is not the only celebrity whose striking or unusual eye color can be traced back to a specific medical condition. Waardenburg syndrome is sometimes also linked to heterochromia, per The Sun, which causes a person's eyes to become two different colors. Mila Kunis, for instance, suffered from a chronic inflammation of the iris for years, which caused one of her eyes to turn hazel and the other blue. She had corrective surgery and now both of her eyes are blue. Other celebrities with heterochromia, according to The Sun, include Kate Bosworth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kiefer Sutherland, Paris Hilton, and Demi Moore. Luckily, the condition is not usually as serious as Kunis' was. 

According to Mt. Sinai, other extreme symptoms of Jackson's Waardenburg syndrome include deafness, difficulty straightening the limbs, and extremely pale skin. So, while Jackson may live with the eye condition, the only known impact it makes on her life seems to be her stunning face.