Although rare, blond hair and blue eyes do exist in individuals with dark complexions. An example are the inhabitants of the Solomon Islands, where a percentage of the population has both blond hair and dark skin.

Some of the natives of the Solomon Islands have blond hair due to a genetic trait called TYRP1 that is not found in European DNA. Because blond hair and dark skin are not often seen together, the Solomon Islands has become known for this unique combination. Vanessa Williams, a famous African American singer and actress, is well known for her naturally vivid, blue eyes.