Hello reddit! I'm an 18 year old senior in high school with no idea what I want to do with my life. I have white hair, white eyebrows, bad vision, but thankfully, no red eyes. I mean really, that would even freak me out. AMA!

Proof of my albino-ness as well as the adorableness of my cat. http://imgur.com/2oX1keL http://imgur.com/GDMQ8lJ

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ScopeNightmare56 karma

Put in Red or Violet or Dark Blue contacts and you can be a Targaryen.

AlexMayle28 karma

I had to look that up, but ya! Now that you mention the show, I wonder if I could just be an actor that plays angels and gods and shit. I mean, I feel like I would make a good half horse half god thing.

QuirkyQbana33 karma

Hey man, you're cute-you'll do great in life, whatever you decide

AlexMayle11 karma

haha well thank you!

omen2k27 karma

Are your pubes white too?

AlexMayle123 karma

They ain't black.

ThatDudeJayy18 karma

So, orange.

AlexMayle38 karma

Bingo.

dicedece21 karma

You could seriously be an actor. Type-cast as all hell, but you could just cry your way to the bank, son.

AlexMayle17 karma

That's be awesome. Obviously not a real career option, but if I could make some money for a short period of time why not.

grapefruity19 karma

I would fangirl the heck out of you.

AlexMayle8 karma

Haha well thank you.

ireeves19 karma

What sort of reactions have you had from people in the public?

AlexMayle37 karma

I was in Tennessee a few years back, and while I was in a hotel, this black women just laughed historically in my face. Looking back on it it's pretty funny, but at the time I was pretty embarrassed with her pointing at me.

I_am_chris_dorner32 karma

I would be pretty upset at this.

You'd have a mob formed if you did that to her.

AlexMayle34 karma

Soooo true. Back then I wasn't as comfortable with myself, but now I'm quite happy with myself.

Huggabutt14 karma

Y'know how people's genitals are often a little darker than the rest of their body? Are yours? Do you have any color variation in general?

AlexMayle8 karma

My arms have a more pinkish hue than the rest of my body. But uh to answer your first question id hav to say that yes, I follow that rule.

ctrlaltfarm14 karma

Would you try spray tan just to fuck with peoples heads?

AlexMayle46 karma

End of 7th grade I dyed my hair black and got a spray tan just to fuck with people... awesome day to say the least. Spray tan turned out very orange, and my hair ended up being gray, but hey, it was funny.

Johnthephotographer6 karma

So there is truth to the "myth" I've heard that albinos are unable to color their hair.

AlexMayle7 karma

It was temporary dye so I'm not quite sure. I've been told that a lot though, so I've never tried with permanent dye.

skatie_bug12 karma

What ethnicity are you? Is anyone else in your family Albino?

AlexMayle13 karma

Classic European. Little but of everything. I'm the only one.

lovesfunnyposts12 karma

Have any girls tried to get with you just for the experience? If so, how did it turn out?

(I'm sure you are a nice person and can get plenty of girls with just your charm, but I'm curious if you have ever experienced girls who might want to get with you just because you are different.)

AlexMayle16 karma

Actually yes. Nothing serious, but I have had a number of women that just wanted to kiss me for the experience. I can't complain. :)

nemo40312 karma

Phew! I thought you would be an albino whale. What a relief.

AlexMayle56 karma

One time I went into the ocean and I summoned three albino whales using our sacred albino connection. We traversed the seas for several nights in what was a magical journey. Those things are so majestic.

BendyZebra9 karma

Your cat is very cute, but you are too! What are the upsides to being different? I have a genetic disease that causes me to be very disabled but I can do things that "normal" people can't and their reactions make me laugh. What do you like about the way you are?

AlexMayle14 karma

Well personally, I love my hair. On the negative side, I can't drive without using these things called "bioptic lenses." It's a little telescope on top of a pair of glasses, and when I dip down I can use it to read signs while driving. Really, really hard to learn. I'm in the process right now.

KunSeii9 karma

How bad is it when you get sunburned?

Are you the only one in your family with Albinism?

Any cool pranks, Halloween costumes, or advantages most wouldn't think of?

AlexMayle35 karma

Shiiit I keep sunblock next to my deodorant in the summer. One time in 4th grade I was on a boat, and I got a 2nd degree burn from the the sun. Blisters all over the backs of my arms. Wild stuff.

I wih I could grow a big beard so I could go as colonel sanders or Santa Claus. I make a good Michael Jackson though.

JimBeamKiller8 karma

do you had a girlfriend yet

AlexMayle16 karma

I do :) She's very rad.

pudding715 karma

TIL - Apparently "rad" is still something people say. ;-)

AlexMayle14 karma

I'm a fan of odd vocabulary haha

uxueman7 karma

  • Does it affect anything else other than skin and hair color?
  • Have you ever been treated "specially" in places?

AlexMayle14 karma

The eyes quite a bit. I have 20 80 vision when corrected. There is a nurse at my school that swear I'm blind. Ill be right in front of her an she will be like "can you see me? It's the nurse." Yes, I can see you from 3 ft away...

Just_Stop_Now7 karma

I love the cat.

What interests you in life? What kind of music do you like?

AlexMayle8 karma

I love being outside, which is ironic. Longboarding, snowboarding, swimming, hiking, traveling. All that good stuff. I also just recently stopped making beats for rappers and singers. I'd post a link but I took it offline once I lost interest in it. Now I listen to a lot of indie music.

Squeezer997 karma

you're not that bad. There was an albino african american when I was in middle school. Now, that was weird.

AlexMayle11 karma

hahaha I saw one at JCPenny. Obviously I don't like judging people, because I don't like to be judged but it was like an optical illusion. One second it was a white girl, but then she turned black, and back again... Trippy.

AlbinoAlex6 karma

Hello! Fellow person with albinism here (also named Alex). I did an albinism AmA about a week ago—I'm glad yours is doing well. A few questions:

  1. Do you know your OCA type?
  2. Have you ever attended a NOAH conference?
  3. What's your acuity?
  4. Can you drive?
  5. What's the one thing you wish everyone knew about albinism?

AlexMayle4 karma

Nope I know what it is, but I have not. 20/150 but 20/80 when corrected. I can using a special telescope that I describe in another post. Basically attached to a pair of glasses and I use it to read signs. Someone actually posted a picture of it in a reply.
I wish they knew how I see. I feel self concepts about my site for some reason and I wish people could just see how I see for a day, an appreciate the awesome ways I compensate for it.

weisblattsnut5 karma

Do you have any special powers?

AlexMayle19 karma

I can jungle, eat bananas with the peels on them, and move my ears. I chalk it up to being albino.

Just_Stop_Now12 karma

I would love to know how to jungle. Do you give private lessons?

AlexMayle12 karma

Use the "Meh, I'll learn it in six months method." Basically when you get bored you juggle for like a minute or two and eventually you are just like "shit, I can juggle." Worked for me.

TheOtherCumKing4 karma

How the-?

Do you mean you eat the peel WITH the banana or are somehow capable of sucking the flesh through the peel?

Both would be equally impressive!

AlexMayle3 karma

hahaha the whole thing! I'm gonna have to start working on eating bananas without breaking the peel though!

FKALLDAY4 karma

What causes you to not have red eyes like other albino people?

AlexMayle6 karma

I'm not quite sure. I'm real glad I don't though. My albinism could be considered mild though because my vision is very good compared to other albinos.

satanicwaffles4 karma

If you could make your skin any colour, what would it be? Myself, as an engineering student, I would go with purple.

AlexMayle6 karma

I see your purple and raise you neon yellow feet and hands.

Mird4 karma

Hey, man. This is a great opportunity for me, but alas in the heat of the moment I can't really think of a question. For the past few years I've been writing a novel that includes an albino character; I've been trying my best not to mis-represent people with your disorder, but sometimes I fear that it'll just come off as a sort of gimmick.

So basically what I'm saying is: thanks for doing this AMA - it's both fascinating, informative and a poignant reminder that albinism is a very real condition. And of course, it's great to know you're getting along alright :D

AlexMayle7 karma

No problem, this is actually quite fun for me. My whole life I was always trying to be as normal as possible, but lately I've come to the realization that I am, in fact, different - and that's pretty cool. The condition comes with some negatives, the vision mostly, but all in all I have a cool perspective to offer people.

And I am thankful of that. Kids can be really mean, and I appreciate the fact that people never judged me to hard. There was obviously some bullying when I was younger, but honestly who didn't get bullied. If you come up with a question feel free to ask! What's the novel about?

emmawhitman3 karma

Hello :)

1st - the cat is uber adorable. Esp the big ears!

So, my son whose 4 was diagnosed with Ocular Albinism. He's extremely fair colored (sometimes almost looks washed out) but definitely not your level of fair.

My question because I've never been able to talk to somebody in a similar situation as him is - What is your vision like? The doctors say he is aprox 20/70 or 20/80 and I don't know how close that is to your vision but nobody has been able to describe what its like for him seeing.

What was/is harder for you? Did you get more mocking/teased by classmates? Does your vision get worse when you're tired/stressed?

and

What did/do your parents do to help you that you have always appreciated?

AlexMayle2 karma

My vision is 20 80 when corrected. Everything is visible. People's faces, street lights, TVs... The problem is the detail. It's hard fore to be able to tell someone's eye color, it's impossible for me to read a license plate without pulling up right behind them. In general the hardest thing is reading from far away. If something is on the chalkboard, ill see the words, the spaces between them, and the general shape of letters, but I probably won't be able to actually read the words. Don't fret. I'm a fully functional person. I go trough high school with a 3.5GPA and I'm learning how to drive now. My parents have just always been willin to take me to doctors appointments, give me rides if I need them, stuff like that.

redditerate3 karma

Have you travelled much to other countries? If so, were the reactions from people different than home?

AlexMayle8 karma

I love traveling, but unfortunately I've never been outside the US. Black people in the south find me quite funny though.

GlassSeagull3 karma

What's your favorite vegetable?

What's your cats name?

AlexMayle14 karma

Hot banana peppers really get my dick hard, but if you take a bunch of vegetables and put them in a soup with chicken, it evens the playing field and all vegetables can live in harmony. My cat's name is Sophia. She's the best.

BeastmanBob3 karma

You are rare and healthy. Rare things are sought after things, remember that :)

AlexMayle2 karma

Thank you for the nice words

shksprtx3 karma

Do you have an enchanted, soul-stealing sword, and if so how much do you rely on the strength and vitality it lends you after feeding?

Seriously, though, any other health issues related to your albinism besides sunburns? Photosensitivity, anything like that?

AlexMayle4 karma

I dropped the sword in water a Long time ago. My dumb ass didn't get sword insurance so I haven't been able to use it since then. I swear they just don't make them waterproof so you have to buy a new one. -___-

But I'm real sensitive to the light. I wear sunglasses when driving and I pee out of my belly button. (Kidding)

Lutya3 karma

Are you more prone to skin cancer?

AlexMayle5 karma

More prone to sunburn, so I would assume so. Fingers crossed though

TheMeIWarnedYouAbout3 karma

Recommendations on sunscreen, please.

AlexMayle8 karma

Neutropenia SPF 55. Comes in a white bottle. Goes on smooth and doesn't look oily.

AlexMayle8 karma

Neutrogena*

ninja_killer2 karma

What's it like being an albino model?

AlexMayle2 karma

Haha life's hard man.

Balboa7092 karma

Anyone ever tell you that you look like a younger version of Billy Idol?

AlexMayle2 karma

Haha nope, but I can see it!

nunobo2 karma

If I grind you up into a powder and snort you will that help with my sexual prowess? Or does that only apply to rhinos?

AlexMayle5 karma

Yes. I grind up my calases sometimes and snort them. Hard for hours.

LuckyPanda2 karma

You should have got a white cat. Why not go all the way?

AlexMayle3 karma

Everything in moderation. I just got a black tux for the upcoming prom. A white tux would be... A lot of white.

sahba2 karma

Did you know that albinism is more prevalent in Africa? I'm living in southern Africa now and on many days I'll see tens of albinos. It's actually a beautiful sight, 2 africans, one black, one albino, holding hands.

AlexMayle1 karma

Awh, that's pretty cool. Kind of ironic that its prevalent in Africa.

DaMangaka2 karma

I have a question:

Why are you so cute/sexy?

What are the main complications from being Albino? I already know about the whole skin problem with the sun but I also heard that it can be hard to see or that the eyes can be rather weak. Also, is there anything cool that ever happened to you due to your albinism?

AlexMayle1 karma

Ya I have bad eyes. My vision is about 20 80 when corrected. For reference, to legally drive in my state, you need 20 70 vision. My eyes shake a tad sometimes due to the muscles in my eyes being weaker. Not as much of an issue as you'd think though.

allbeefpatties1 karma

If black people have lots of 'soul' and ginger have no souls, are souls based in pigment?

AlexMayle2 karma

No, gingers jus kind of get the shirty end of that. It's a medical condition.

thewander1 karma

Have you played with different hair dyes? The contrast against your skin would be interesting.

AlexMayle1 karma

I'm scared that if I use permanent dye, it won't fully work an ill be led with gray hair for a while haha

revilox1 karma

I work in Africa at the moment and one of the bartenders here is a black albino. Have you ever met one?

EDIT: I saw some of your comments regarding vision and it gave me a small light bulb moment. When this guy reads something he gets super fucking close and squints like hell. Now I get it.

AlexMayle2 karma

Haha ya I get pretty close to stuff. And ya I have seen one at JCpenny. I talked about it in an older comment

ZaffrePowerRanger1 karma

I've heard people with albinism can't drive. Is there something inherantly wrong with your eyes?

AlexMayle2 karma

Ya, apparently pigment as a role in eye development, so most albinos have bad vision.

scarredbirdjrr1 karma

what color are your eyes? I can't tell from the picture. I know that, amongst the various things people get wrong about albinism is that it makes your eyes red (it's the IRISES that turn red, right)?

Also have you ever considered writing a "How to Write about Albinos" in the fashion of How to Write About Africa

And lastly, how old are you? damn, i really should read the comments more closely next time.

AlexMayle1 karma

Ya it's weird, depending on the lighting, my eyes will have a red tint. Definitely not prominent. Actually cool more than anything. Also I don't think albinos have suffered from the same injustices described in How To Write About Africans, so no I don't think so.

CaseyBurkhardt1 karma

Fellow albino here!

Go to school, party for a while, find something you love doing, and be great at it! Also, check out NOAH. They're a great organization with a lot of awesome people.

AlexMayle1 karma

Hey! Ya ill have to check that put. Question: are you at the age of driving?

TheBigTroll1 karma

do you happen to have any problems playing games like COD? i know for me that i suck pretty badly

AlexMayle1 karma

I can play cod on a big screen fine, but it's way harder on a small TV

thisistravis571 karma

What is one thing people can't understand about your life?

AlexMayle3 karma

I wish people could see how I see. I mean it's kind of crazy the ways I make up for my low vision. I have made it through high school, never being able to see the board, and I have a 3.5 GPA

fordmarkII1 karma

Pulp or no pulp?

AlexMayle1 karma

No pilp

whatalamename0 karma

Do most people realize you have albinism? To me, you just look like most of my family. (Of course, my sister & I were cast as albinos in a movie once, so obviously we're pretty white.)

AlexMayle2 karma

People will ask pretty frequently, but I don't think people are like "he is definitely albino."

Lucy_dog0 karma

is it hard to date? and how often do you go to the skin doc?

AlexMayle3 karma

A little bit. However, it may just be my personality, but I've never really been the type to pursue women. At the moment I have an awesome girlfriend, and I really can't complain.

Rockdio0 karma

What do you do to prevent any lasting skin damage while you are outside?

AlexMayle4 karma

Just sunblock. Neutrogena SPF 55 baby!

digger_ex_pat-8 karma

Hair dye, spray tan, problem solved.

Dick_Dynamo3 karma

He may end up neon orange if he did that.

AlexMayle5 karma

I wish I still had the pictures... I've done it. I wouldn't say neon, but pretty damn funny.