Amina Ependieva – a Chechen girl who is admired for her unusual beauty

A girl from Chechnya is admired for her unusual beauty, but Albinism is not the only thing that distinguishes her from others.

Amina Ependieva
Amina Ependieva  © Amina Arsakova

This 11-year-old Chechen girl’s face is a piece of art. Her name is Amina Ependieva (Амина Эпендиева). She is diagnosed with two rare genetic conditions: Albinism in which she lacks the melanin pigment making her skin and hair extremely white, and Heterochromia in which her eyes are different in colour.

About Amina Ependieva:

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.

Photos Of Amina Ependieva:

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.”

Amina Ependieva, Amina Arsakova
Amina Ependieva  © Amina Arsakova
Amina Ependieva, Amina Arsakova
Amina Ependieva  © Amina Arsakova
Amina Ependieva, Amina Arsakova
Amina Ependieva  © Amina Arsakova
Amina Ependieva, Amina Arsakova
Amina Ependieva  © Amina Arsakova
Amina Ependieva, Amina Arsakova
Amina Ependieva © Amina Arsakova

The images were posted in January 2020 which immediately went viral. On average, Arsakova’s Instagram posts receive 1k likes but these photos of Amina that she shared got over 10k likes and hundreds of comments.


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While some admire the girl’s amazing appearance, others doubt that Amina used contact lenses on her eyes, or the photographer used some kinds of special photo effects to give her such a strange appearance. However, real-life Amina looks the same as in the photos, and her beauty is absolutely real.

How Amina Ependieva Acquired Such Unusual Beauty?

The fact is that the Amina inherited two genetic mutations at once — Albinism and Heterochromia.


Albinism is the absence of colouring pigment melanin in the skin, hair, and iris of the eye, which makes a person possesses white skin and very light hair. The eyes of albinos tend to be blue or have a reddish or mauve tinge.


Heterochromia is referred to as an abnormality whereby the iris of the right and left eye of a person is coloured in different colours. This is due to the fact that the iris of one eye contains more melanin. So one eye can be brown and the other blue. Heterochromia has no effect on a person’s vision, but it makes his appearance truly unique.

Though Amina Ependieva is mostly believed to have partial Albinism, some explain that she might have also the “Type 1 Waardenburg Syndrome.”

Type 1 Waardenburg Syndrome:

“Type 1 Waardenburg Syndrome” is characterized by congenital sensorineural hearing loss, pigmentary deficiencies of the hair such as a white lock of hair in the front-centre of the head or premature greying, pigmentary deficiencies of the eyes such as different coloured eyes (complete heterochromia iridum), multiple colours in an eye (sectoral heterochromia iridum) or brilliant blue eyes, patches of skin depigmentation and a wider gap between the inner corners of the eyes called telecanthus, or dystopia canthorum.

Other facial features associated with Type 1 can include a high nasal bridge, a flat nose tip, a unibrow, smaller edges of the nostrils or a smooth philtrum.


Whatever the reason, it’s clear that Amina acquired multiple rare genetic mutations that made her appearance truly amazing. Now the girl is still studying at school, but surely we will hear about her in the future, because fashion agencies will not want to miss such beauty.

Amina Ependieva – The Chechen Beauty: