You have probably heard that twins are genetically identical and look pretty similar on the outside. Well, this fact holds true for 99% of twins. When Donna and Vince Aylmer found out they were having twins, they expected that this would be the case for them. But, on the day that their babies were delivered, the couple was in complete shock. Their babies had opposite colored skin tones.
As crazy as their physical difference was when they were babies, you have no idea how much their looks changed as they got older. This is a story you have got to hear about!
Donna and Vince Aylmer, from Gloucester, England, were so excited to find out that they were pregnant again. Their existing family of five people was soon to become six. Donna was 49-years-old and a warehouse worker, while her husband, Vince, was 55-years-old and a scaffolder. They went to the doctor for their first routine checkup and ultrasound.
Of course, the couple were both excited and slightly nervous, they weren’t expecting anything out of the ordinary, especially considering that they had already been through this a few times before. So, they never could have been prepared for the news that they were about to receive and it was definitely not something they had experienced in their previous pregnancies.
Not One, But Two Tiny Tots
The Aylmers got the surprise of a lifetime. They found out that they were going to be having not one baby, but two. While they were very surprised, they couldn't be happier to hear that their babies were healthy and developing normally. But of course, having twins when you were expecting only one baby, adds to the mix some stress, for logical reasons.
They already had three kids together; George, Chynna, and Jordan. Adding twins to their already big family was going to be a lot. However, this didn't stop the loving couple from rejoicing at the news. It was a huge blessing. They had no idea what kind of blessing was coming their way.
On January 16, 1997, Donna gave birth to healthy and beautiful twins, but when the midwife handed over her babies, Donna was completely speechless and bewildered. Obviously, skin color doesn't show up in scans, so Donna was not expecting this at all. While the couple knew that they were going to be having fraternal twins, they didn't expect the twins to look this different. Her reaction was completely understandable given the situation.
In one of Donna's arms, was a baby with a pearly white complexion and deep blue eyes with ginger hair. They called her Lucy. In the other arm was a baby girl with brown eyes, a dark complexion and brown hair. They named her Maria. Their three older siblings meanwhile all had light-brown complexions that reflected their mixed race genes. How in the world could the twins turn out with such different skin color?
Same Same, But Different
After their birth, their parents divorced but they continued to co-parent the twins and their siblings. Donna dressed her girls up in matching outfits, as parents often do with twins. As cute as the girls were, this attracted many weird looks and questions from strangers who stared in confusion. Why were these girls, who looked more like friends than twins, dressed alike? They really couldn't have looked more different.
Lucy almost looked Irish, with her blue-green eyes and red curly hair. Maria, on the other hand, almost looked like she could be from the Caribbean, with her dark skin and eyes, and curly brown hair. As different as they look here, just wait to see how much they would change as they got older.
A Sense of Identity
When they were 7-years-old, the girls told their mother that they no longer wanted to wear the same outfits. They couldn't understand why it was necessary for them to dress alike if they didn't look similar at all. "We don’t look alike. So why should we have to wear the exact same thing?" said Lucy. They had a point.
The girls even told their mother that they didn't feel like they were twins because of how drastically different their physical appearance was, so they preferred to dress differently as well. From that moment on, the girls started to establish their individuality. However, this came with its own set of challenges.
No Playing Tricks This Time
The twins were in the same class in school, but, it clearly wasn't a problem to tell them apart. So, unlike identical twins, they couldn't swap names or homework, or play tricks on their teacher or classmates. Lucy later shared: "We were in the same class, but no one had a problem telling us apart. Twins are known for swapping identities. But there was no way Maria and I could ever do anything like that."
On the one hand, the girls were happy to be seen as individuals. However, on the other hand, they couldn't enjoy the typical perks of being twins. With identical twins, their personalities are typically different and thus they are distinguishable. As they got older, they would open up about just how different they are, and not only as a result of their looks.
Like Night and Day
When the girls reached their 18th birthday, their unique story caught the eye of several news outlets. Lucky shared with the Inside Edition about their stark personalities. “Maria was outgoing whilst I was the shy one,” said Lucy. Maria concurred and shared that as they got older, Lucy came out of her shell a bit more.
While Lucy would rather have isolated herself from strangers, Maria had the confidence to approach strangers and start up a conversation. Because the girls were so different when they were younger, they weren't so close. However, that changed when they grew older. So, what are they doing nowadays? Keep reading to find out.
Like many young girls growing up, Lucy and Maria didn't like certain qualities about themselves. Maria hated her curly hair and often cried about it. Lucy hated how pale her skin was and she was ridiculed by other kids for looking like a ghost and like the adopted member of the family. Her red hair and fair skin set her apart from her siblings, thus leading people to assume that she was adopted. Unfortunately, because of their different looks, the twins endured some not-so-great moments while growing up.
Lucy would try and rationalize with herself how she was so pale and she figured that she inherited her fair skin from her grandmother. She also started to straighten her hair as she got older because it was curly, but not ringlets like Maria. However, that's not all.
Has There Been Some Kind of Mistake?
The Aylmers made a set of biracial twins and they didn't know it. Of course, you can't detect skin tone and color in an ultrasound so they had no way of knowing this would happen. Not to mention that the chance of having biracial twins is about one in 500.
The Aylmers' other kids, George, Chynne, and Jordan all had a dark complexion. They weren't as dark as Maria but of course, much darker than Lucy. Keep reading to learn more about the rare twin sisters and discover how this phenomenon came about.
How Is This Possible?
Biracial twins are born from parents who have a different ethnicity and race. The twins' father, Vince is Caucasian, while their mother, Donna is half Jamaican and half white. So, it makes sense that their three eldest children have a mixed skin tone.
What was so surprising about Lucy and Maria was that they had completely different skin tones and looked absolutely nothing alike. Lucy shared "most twins look like two peas in a pod – but we couldn’t look more different if we tried. We don’t look like we have the same parents, let alone having been born at the same time." It's not uncommon for siblings to bear no resemblance to one another, but for twins to look like complete opposites, that is pretty rare. It appeared as though Donna gave birth to absolute strangers. How is this possible?
The Science of Biracial Twins
Lucy and Maria are non-identical twins. They were formed from separate eggs in the womb. So, they didn't inherit the same genes as one another. It was completely random who got what skin color.
In the girls' case, the chance of one twin being lighter and the other being dark was higher because of their mother's mixed heritage. She was a carrier of the gene for both white and black skin, so there was a higher probability that she would pass on a white gene to as least one twin. However, besides their skin color, did Lucy and Maria turn out differently?
Besides major contrasts in their appearance and personalities, Lucy and Maria both have their own distinct sense of fashion. Lucy dresses in edgy and dark makeup and has a lot of piercings, while Maria dresses more sophisticated and likes wearing girly dresses.
Lucy shared to 'the Inside Edition' that their differences did have an impact on their relationship when they were younger. She confessed that they may have been closer if they shared similar looks. But, as they grew older, they were able to move past their differences to form an unbreakable bond that is ever so strong today.
The Sisterly Bond
“Now we have grown older, even though we still look so different, the bond between us is much stronger,” Lucy shared during the interview with Inside Edition. Today, the twins feel like they aren't only twin sisters, but also are best friends.
Maria feels a sense of pride that she has a white twin and Lucy as well, feels grateful that she can say that her sister is a different color than her. Just as the girls struggled to accept their differences and it took them time to accept, so too do other people struggle. What are the girls up to these days?
The girls, like their very different clothing styles, have also pursued completely different career paths. Lucy started to study art and design at Gloucester and as for Maria, she is pursuing a legal path and is studying law at Cheltenham College.
The girls speak very highly of one another, and as a result, have attracted a lot of media attention. However, this doesn't mean that other people are completely accepting of who they are. Read on to find out why.
With Friends Like These…
After the girls gave several interviews with various media outlets, some of their friends at college were really impressed with their unique story. However, other people thought that it wasn't true. Maria shared with Inside Edition that someone was in disbelief when she showed her a picture of Lucy and asked if they were really twins.
Only after they gave an interview on T.V. did their friends start to believe in them that they were in fact biracial twins and that Lucy and Maria were telling the truth. Maria said that she doesn't give too much of her time and energy to skeptics, that they are used to them. When people know a certain thing to be true, it's hard for them to believe in any exceptions. So, because people are used to twins having a similar appearance, it's hard for them to believe that these two girls are at all related.
Even those close to the twins had a difficult time believing their unique story. Some have even asked Lucy and Maria to show them their birth certificates to prove that they aren't lying and are really twins.
The phenomenon of biracial twins is very uncommon and most people haven't met any. So, it's hard for people to accept it as true, even friends of the twins. Maria laughed and shared with Inside Edition “These friends sure don’t have a lot of trust …” So, you must be dying to know... do the twins have any twin-like traits in common?
A Psychic Bond
Lucy and Maria are both in agreement that they didn't have a close relationship while growing up and always felt very different from one another. However, while giving interviews with Inside Edition, they were asked if they have a psychic bond, which people assume that all twins possess.
They confessed that while they don't feel the psychic bond that twins talk about, they do sometimes feel the same physical pain in the same spots. So, maybe the girls really do share the psychic connection and just aren't aware of it? And that's not even all.
More Similar Than They Think
Lucy and Maria may be very different, as in their fashion, style, and personalities, but they also share more similarities than they think. At age 18, they both have model bodies with their height and thin frames.
If you look past their skin color, and the color of their hair and eyes, you may notice strong similarities between Maria and Lucy. They are comforted by the fact that they will always have each other's backs regardless of their physical differences. Well, if you thought that these girls were the only biracial twins, wait until you read about the next awesome set of twins!
Not the Only Ones
The next pair of biracial twins are Marcia and Millie Biggs. Unlike Maria and Lucy, the twins are very close, as you can see in the picture. They walk to school holding hands and are even rocking the same hairdo, but Marcie has blonde hair and Millie has jet black hair. They are like any other sisters, attached at the hip and protective of one another. But strangers often mistaken them as best friends and not sisters.
They share similar hobbies, like gymnastics and dance, and are both interested in the same subjects in school like science and math. Behind the matching lunch packs, uniforms and hair, the girls share similar physical characteristics although they have different colored skin. As crazy as it is that they have different skin tones, you can tell that they are sisters. Millie shared in National Geographic "I prefer to be different. You don't always have to blend in the crowd because if you do you won’t get noticed. It’s better to be you."
And Another Pair…
Kalani and Jarani Dean are another set of biracial twins. Their mother is white while their father is black, so Kalani inherited her mother's fair skin, while Jarani got her father's darker skin. Their mother, Whitney Meyer, loves thinking of her daughters as breaking the barriers of racism. She described her babies to People magazine as “miracle babies” who show the world “why racism shouldn’t exist.”
Meyer feels that biracial twins can heighten awareness about how trivial skin color is. She shared with Today magazine “They’re the same girl, just different colors.” Just like Maria’s and Lucy’s mother was very surprised when her twins were born, Meyer also was. The odds of giving birth to biracial twins is rare, so she wasn't expecting it.
An Unexpected Surprise
Before they gave birth to their twins, parents Joanna and Larry talked about whether they would look more like their father or mother. Joanna is white while her husband, Larry, is black. What they weren't expecting at all, was that they would be blessed with one of each.
Initially, the twins' differences weren't so obvious. However, as time went on, it became very evident that they had completely different skin tones. “No one ever believes they are twins because they don’t look alike at all. They don’t even look like brother and sister, let alone twins,” their mother said.
Despite their differences, this brother and sister are best friends. They love to tease each other, but when push comes to shove, they are extremely close and loving towards one another and nothing can come between them.
One in a Million
These twins, Kian and Remee, were born only one minute apart from one another. Their parents, Kylee and Remi, are from families that had white mothers and black fathers. This ethnic background gave them a mixed genetic makeup and an extremely rare set of twins.
These twins are in elementary school, posing for a photo shoot that their mother had set up for them. They both enjoy dancing, going to the movies, and doing art together. Even though they look more like friends than sisters, they are both!
According to statistics, the girls are one in a million. One of the girls has dark skin with brown eyes, while the other girl is light skinned, blonde, and blue eyed. Their parents attest to the fact that the girls couldn't be more different, although the first word they each said was juice.
The Opposite Brothers
Apart from James and Daniel being fraternal twins and sharing the same parents, they have little in common with each other. James is black, gay, outgoing, and loves school. His brother, on the other hand, is straight, white, shy and doesn't like school at all.
However, they do share one thing in common and that's their good looks. Both boys are trying to jump start their modeling careers. They can be found at the gym, working on their physique. They both have a good sense of fashion.
The boys' mother is white and their father, Errol is a black man from Jamaica. So, that explains why there was a possibility of the parents having a biracial set of twins. The majority of Caribbean people, although dark-skinned, carry European DNA. “It was hard to believe they were even brothers, let alone twins,” their mother Alyson said.
The Rainbow Family
The Ng twins, Viviana and Dennis are unique fraternal twins for a number of reasons, obviously, one of those reasons being their different skin tones. Viviana, who is 4 minutes older than her brother, has bright blue eyes and light brown hair like her mother and looks white. Dennis, on the other hand, has big brown eyes and black hair and looks like his dad.
Besides their very obvious physical differences, the twins have a wide variety of family genetics. Their family is a multiracial family that comes from all over the world. The twins carry African, Hispanic, Hawaiian, Chinese, and European genes, which makes the twins very unique. “Some people ask are they mine, are they twins or were they conceived naturally,” their mother said. “When I’m with my husband they are like, ‘Oh, now I see.’ ”
Growing up physically different from your family can be hard on a child. This was definitely the case for Breana Cincotta. She struggled to make friends and experienced a lot of bullying and her classmates would ask if she was adopted. She was teased for her fair skin color and called names like ‘albino.’ She was also told that she had to choose between being black or white.
This is an unfortunate outcome that can happen with bi-racial twins, but luckily, the girls' parents made them feel very secure and loved at home so the bullying didn't affect them too much.
Nowadays, the twins have grown up and they are grateful that they no longer have to deal with immature teasing. With that over and in the past, they do still have to deal with peoples' disbelief that they are actually twins, something which is redundant and bothersome.
Now this is a crazy one. These two stunning girls are actually identical twins. However, with their different skin color, you would never have guessed that. Amelia and Jasmine are thought to be the first genetically identical black and white twins in the UK.
One has striking, beautiful blue eyes, while the other has dark, chocolate eyes. This was their first day of Sunday School. They are so adorable and they look like Cabbage Patch Dolls with their chubby little cheeks and bright eyes and curly hair. And those outfits- they are so cute!
Their parents expected to have identical twins before giving birth, and spent time discussing how they were going to tell the two apart. When they were born, their parents were in shock. “When they were born, we were flabbergasted, even the doctors couldn’t believe it,” their mother said. “They look like they’re different races.
A Remarkable Family
The Spooner family is a unique one on our list. They not only have a set of biracial twins, but they have two. The couple first gave birth to one pair of twins, and seven years later, they welcome a new set of biracial twins into their family. How special is that? They like to say that their family is 2 in a million.
When the couple's first daughters were born in 2001, they were surprised to see that Lauren had her mother's blue eyes and red hair, while her twin Hayleigh had dark skin and hair, like her father, Dean.
So when Miss Spooner found out she was pregnant again this year, her friends and family joked that the same thing would happen again.
Interracial relationships are on the rise. According to geneticists, as more people more marry outside of their gene pool, the barriers between races will continue to break down. That means that we will continue seeing more biracial twins. However, at the moment, it is still a rare phenomenon.
The Cunningham Twins
The Cunningham twins were born in Ohio, to a white mother and black father. Although the Cunninghams pay little attention to the skin color of their babies, the world is not color blind. While the doctors labeled the babies as medical marvels, the couple has been met with criticism and backlash in their own community.
Baby Ghabriael was born with light skin, blonde hair, and steel blue eyes, while his sister Triniti was born with ebony colored skin and brown eyes. The parents shared that people are always asking them whether the two are related. The innocent children have been labeled with derogatory terms like mutts’ and their parents have even been criticized. They said that people have asked them before how they could do that to a baby.
But, their mother feels that her babies can serve a positive purpose. She shared with the TODAY show "We did feel that we were obligated to share our story with others. We felt we were given these two beautiful children for a positive purpose — that purpose was to educate those who are ignorant to the fact that these things are possible, and to initiate conversation on race in America."
Having biracial twins is still very rare, but they seem to happen in close proximity. The parents of these two sets of biracial twins are not only friends but their mothers are sisters. What are the chances?
It does come down to genetics, but the chances are still very small. The sisters both have biracial twins and they are all very close. “The kids play really well together because they all the same age group and I guess it helps that they have something in common,” one of the mothers stated.
These cute baby twins are fraternal. Despite being twins, they couldn't look less alike. But, looks can sure be tricky when you're talking about twins and genetics.
Their mothers shared that she hopes her children will learn to embrace their uniqueness. “Usually when people are interracial, they feel as if they have to identify with one or the other and I’d like them to embrace it even though they look completely different. So hopefully that will encourage them to do that as they get older.”
Twin sisters Kendall and Baylee were quite the surprise for their parents because of their contrasting looks. Baylee clearly acquired her mother's European lineage, while Kendall acquired her father's part Jamaican, darker skin tone. Before having the twins, the couple discussed how they would be able to tell them apart.
“One thing I know for sure is that family and friends won’t ever struggle to tell them apart,” Curtis, the twins’ father, said laughing. He also said that if they weren't his own daughters, he also would have a tough time believing that they were related, let alone twins. The twins' mother, Rebecca Horton, said that when they were born, they kept staring at their babies in disbelief. It was a big shock and a lovely feeling.
Hannah and Kyle
Hannah and Kyle shared that as soon as they found out they were having twins, their friends joked with them saying that one baby would come out dark and the other light, like their parents. The parents laughed with them saying that the chances were slim.
Well, when their babies were born, the couple was pretty shocked. The parents shared that they are bombarded with questions about the twins wherever they go. “I can’t walk down the aisle at the supermarket without getting stopped,” Hannah told reporters.
The twins do not just look different, but Anaya and Myla also began to develop different personalities. According to Hannah, Myla is always more enthusiastic and ready to take risks, while Anaya is the more laid back twin.
Carole and Brian had been trying to have children for a very long time but couldn't get pregnant. Following many problems and miscarriages, they were finally blessed with not only one baby, but two. They had twins, and unique ones at that.
Their chances of giving birth to biracial twins was a million to one, especially considering that to begin with, they had problems getting pregnant.
When baby Daniel was born with his fair skin and blonde hair, it was quite a surprise for his parents. His parents, who come from mostly African heritage, weren't expecting this. Francis, the baby's father, even confessed to questioning whether he was actually the father when Daniel was born.
While Daniel isn't biracial, he also isn't albino. His fair skin is the result of a genetic mutation that runs in his mother's family. His mother, Arlette, says that she had heard stories of a woman in her family six generations ago giving birth to a white baby, however, she always figured the story wasn't true.
America’s Next Top Model winner Nyle DiMarco could not look more different than his twin brother Nico. He was born with dark features, while his brother was born with very fair skin and striking red hair. Both of the brothers were born deaf, however, that hasn’t stopped them from chasing their dreams and achieving success.
While the twins aren't biracial, they do serve as a good example of how dissimilar twins can turn out. Just because you're a twin, doesn't mean you necessarily look like your twin. Nyle works as a model and actor, while his brother, Nico as a successful DJ. Both are also deaf activists, hoping to raise awareness and help support the deaf community.