*THE TOP 5 MOST POPULAR EYES IN THE WORLD - ACCORDING TO GOOGLE SEARCH

1 Elizabeth Taylor — 22,200
2 Aishwarya Rai Bachchan — 6,000
3 Rihanna — 4,400
4 Miley Cyrus — 2,400
4 Megan Fox — 2,400
4 Taylor Swift — 2,400
5 Katy Perry — 1,900

*All figures for “The Top 5 Most Popular Eyes In The World - According To Google Search”, supplied by Google. Stats include global totals for laptop and desktop computers and mobile devices.

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Was The Late Elizabeth Taylor's Eye Colour Really Violet? 325,000 Fans Ask Google

WHAT COLOR WERE the late Elizabeth Taylor's eyes? Violet or dark blue? 325,000 unsure fans ask Google every year — the highest number for any celebrity. By Ben Arogundade. [Feb.10.2016]

Hollywood movie actress the late Elizabeth Taylor – close-up photo of her purple, violet, blue-colored eyes

ACCORDING TO GOOGLE SEARCH, the late Hollywood actress Elizabeth Taylor’s eyes are the most Googled in the world, with a staggering 27,100 global searches per month for the term “Elizabeth Taylor eyes”. By comparison, Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan comes in second, with a lowly 6,000 monthly searches for her sea-green eyes, music celebrity Rihanna takes third with 4,400 searches, while Megan Fox, Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus are all joint third with 2,400 searches. Altogether, the various searches about Elizabeth Taylor’s eyes and eye color amount to over 325,000 online queries per year.

Taylor, who starred in the movies Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Cleopatra and Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf, and who was married a total of eight times, died of heart failure on March 23, 2011, at the age of 79. She was widely considered to be one of the most beautiful actresses of her era — assisted not simply by her mesmeric eyes, by also by a rare genetic defect that gave her two layers of eyelashes — the result of an abnormal development of the FOXC2 gene.

ELIZABETH TAYLOR EYES: VIOLET OR BLUE?
Part of the reason for the global popularity of Taylor’s eyes today is due to “Elizabeth Taylor Violet Eyes” — a perfume named after her, which launched in 2010, and that many Internet users are actually looking for in search, as opposed to general information about her eyes or eye color. The second reason for Taylor’s eye popularity lies within their unusual purple color, which many adoring fans and journalists have eulogised for over half a century.

But what color were Elizabeth Taylor's eyes in reality? The answer is, they were not purple at all but dark blue, and merely appeared to be purple when exposed to lighting, make-up, particular hues of clothing or the photographic re-touching of her images. True purple eyes are extremely rare, and almost always occur in people with albinism — the condition in which a person is born with little or no pigment in their eyes, skin or hair. Albinos possess low levels of melanin, the natural substance that determines pigment. It is this deficiency that creates purple eyes.

BLUE IS THE COLOUR
By contrast, Taylor’s blue eyes will have formed with more melanin than is present in purple colored eyes. In fact, new research published in 2008 in the journal Human Genetics suggested that people like Taylor with blue eyes all descended from a single common ancestor who lived in the North Western part of the Black Sea region during the Neolithic period, 6,000 to 10,000 years ago.

Within Google’s league table of eye popularity today’s celebrities fall way behind old timer Elizabeth Taylor’s scores. Perhaps the next move for second placed Rihanna would be to bring out her own fragrance, entitled “Rihanna Green Eyes”, to boost her into the top spot.

Ben Arogundade's book Black Beauty is out now.

THE COLOR PURPLE?: For decades, fans eulogised the late Elizabeth Taylor's purple coloured eyes. But were they really purple, or dark blue? 325,000 fans Google questions about the Hollywood film star's natural eye colour each year.

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Hollywood movie actress the late Elizabeth Taylor – close-up photo of her purple, violet, blue-colored eyes in perfume advert Hollywood movie actress the late Elizabeth Taylor and her natural purple, violet, blue-colored eyes on cover of Vogue magazine 1971 Hollywood movie actress the late Elizabeth Taylor and her natural purple, violet, blue-colored eyes on cover of Interview magazine 2007

*ELIZABETH TAYLOR'S EYE COLOR ACCORDING TO GOOGLE SEARCH

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The number of people worldwide who Google the phrase “Elizabeth Taylor blue eyes” each month.

3,000

The number of people worldwide who Google the phrase “Elizabeth Taylor violet eyes” each month.

27,100

The number of people worldwide who Google the phrase “Elizabeth Taylor eyes” each month.

*All figures for “Elizabeth Taylor's Eyes According to Google Search”, supplied by Google. Stats include global totals for laptop and desktop computers and mobile devices.

VIOLET BEAUTY: (From the top); The late Elizabeth Taylor features in an ad for the fragrance Violet Eyes, named after her, despite the fact that her eyes were actually a natural dark blue; As a young actress Taylor's deep blue eyes caught the attention of Hollywood film directors; Taylor's cover classics - the late movie star's blue eyes were a favourite on the covers of a range of magazines. British 'Vogue' featured them on the front of its April 1971 edition, while 'Interview' magazine used her fierce violet gaze on its February 2007 cover.

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