I see the world in grey: colour-blind TikTokker is using her condition to educate others

Natasha Caudill was born with monochromatic vision, a condition that causes her to see the world as black, white and grey. 
(Photo: Instagram)
Natasha Caudill was born with monochromatic vision, a condition that causes her to see the world as black, white and grey. (Photo: Instagram)

Imagine only being able to see the world in shades of grey – now you can, thanks to Natasha Caudill from Chicago in the US.

Natasha was born with monochromatic vision. She's colour-blind because of the condition, and sees the world in black, white and grey.

But the 24-year-old has now become a social media sensation after giving people a peek into her world.

Natasha uses a black and white filter on her pictures and videos, sharing everything from her grocery shopping challenges to picking the perfect makeup with her more than 1,2 million followers.

In a recent makeup tutorial, she uses a green eyeshadow colour palette. 

“I don’t know if that looks very good but I’m going to keep going,” she says in the video.

To complete her look during the three-minute tutorial, she deftly applies powder, blush, mascara and bronzer.

“Okay, colour reveal,” she says before switching to a colour filter to show how she's successfully applied her makeup.

Social media users have been struck by how she sees the world. "I can’t lie, this video was frustrating because I couldn’t see the colour," one user says. "Really puts things into perspective," another adds. 

While monochromatic vision commonly occurs in men because it's carried in the X-chromosome, about 0,8% of women with European ancestry inherit the condition. It's so rare it occurs in 1 every 30 000 people.

Natasha has been using her social media platforms to educate others about the condition and how tough it is for people like her to navigate the world.

In another video she documents her journey searching for the perfect paint colour. “Today I realised just how hard it is buying paint for someone that's completely colour blind.”

While in the store, she browses through a selection of paint swatches which she says aren’t descriptive enough. “Hardly of these paint swatches had names that told me what the colour was,” she says.

“And while these names are cute and creative, they’re not really helpful.”

She's advocating for companies to name the actual colour of their products to help those who are colour blind.

@natashac44 Reply to @grace.pironti all I know is that frogs are green!! #foryou #paint #deco #art #foryoupage #fyp #color #colorblind ? original sound - Natasha Caudill

 Sources: Dailymail, Allure, NVision, Britannica

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