Twins Born With Different Skin Color. 18 Years Later, They Look So Different
With three kids already at home, Vince and Donna Aylmer had accomplished what most budding couples in the world aspire to do. Together, Vince, a 55-year-old scaffolder by profession, and Donna, a 49-year-old worker in a warehouse, had already started a family and were busy handling the stresses of life: namely balancing professional and personal time while trying to be the best parents for their kids. Living in Gloucester, England, the two did the best that they could and loved each other and their family dearly. Hence, the idea of having another addition to the family simply thrilled the couple. What they didn’t expect was that they would have gotten more than they had bargained for. The biggest shock of all is the surprise that waited for them 18 years later.
What Was Supposed To Have Been A Simple Routine Checkup
Excited at the possibility of adding another member to their family, Vince and Donna Aylmer went to their family doctor to have Donna’s checkup and ultrasound. They wanted to know whether their suspicions were correct: was Donna pregnant? If she were, that would mean that in about a year, they will have 4 children as they had already had three children together. Unsurprisingly, Vince and Donna were nervous but excited at the same time. Having gone through the process three times before, the couple already had some experience with ultrasounds and checkups so they had a fair feeling of what to expect. However, when the doctors came back with the results, they were stupified when they learned what was expected to happen.
Two Heads Are Better Than One
The doctor came with great but unexpected news for Donna and Vince: the ultrasound revealed that Donna was indeed pregnant. The shocking part was that she was carrying two babies, not one! Donna and Vince were now expecting twins! Although the couple was happy to know that the babies were in good health so far and that Donna was in no medical harm, Vince and Donna were taken aback by the news. The couple already had three kids still living at home. While an additional child didn’t seem to make their lives too strenuous, two more babies did seem like a hassle in and of itself. How were they going to balance everything? Nonetheless, the couple celebrated the discovery and were happy to know that they were expecting. But the surprises didn’t end there for this English couple.
An Uneventful Birth
January 16th, 1997 was the big day that Vince and Donna had been waiting for: the day when Donna was expected to bring their two babies into the world! And Donna did just that: she delivered two healthy, precious babies. Her twins had arrived! All seemed reasonably normal. That was, of course, until the midwife handed Donna her babies so that she could get a look at them.
The Real Shocker
When Donna laid eyes on her beautiful babies, she was overjoyed yet perplexed. Nestled in one of her arms was one baby girl with beautiful blue eyes, hair that was almost auburn in color, and pearly, white skin. Cozied up in her other arm lay the second twin sporting dark-brown hair, eager brown eyes, and dark complexion. Their names were Lucy and Maria respectively. Not exactly a spitting image of each other. How on Earth could Donna deliver twins that looked so different? To look unidentical is one thing, but these babies don’t even look related. How could this happen?
Same Blood, Completely Different Appearance
How did parents Donna and Vince take the news? To say that they were surprised would be a gross euphemism. Having twins who looked so different simply baffled them. However, they embraced their babies with as much love, care, and attention as they would have for any of their children. As Lucy and Maria grew, they learned to balance the difficulties of raising children with their professional lives. They were grateful to have them in their lives.
They Don’t Match
Typical of any parent with twins, when the twins were kids, Vince and Donna loved to dress them in matching outfits. That’s right: matching dresses, matching shoes, matching socks, you name it. Sounds like a cute idea, but the concept of dressing twins in matching outfits tends to augur well with the public when the twins are identical. Therefore, it will not come as a shock to know that people who came across the twins would raise their eyebrows in confusion. Why are these girls dressed alike when they don’t even look alike? They don’t even look like sisters!
The Differences In Their Similarities
Maria, pictured on the left, looked like the average Caribbean islander: curly dark-brown hair, brown, flawless skin which glowed with beauty, and dark-brown eyes. Her twin-sister Lucy looked like the stereotypical European: Caucasian, long, flowing ginger hair and piercing, beautiful blue eyes. You can’t blame a stranger for not thinking that these two precious girls were even related. They looked nothing like each other! Wait till you see what this pair of twins looks like now.
The Need To Discover Self
Although Lucy and Maria have the same genes and blood coursing through their veins, they were different. What’s more, they were aware of their differences and were quite verbal about the way that their parents dressed them. When they were just seven years old, Lucy and Maria confronted their mother about the way they were being dressed. The twins let her know that they no longer wanted to be dressed the same. Why did they have to dress alike? A blind man could tell that they didn’t look remotely similar, so why should their parents try to force them to be what they’re not? The two further explained that despite the fact that they were biological twins, they surely didn’t feel like twins. They were not identical, therefore they need not dress the same. The decision to break the status-quo was an important marker in the lives of Lucy and Maria: they understood the importance of self. However, they soon learned that loving yourself does come with its own challenges.
Couldn’t Fool Anyone
While the two non-identical twins were at school, they ended up being in the same class. It goes without saying that no one ever had difficulty differentiating between Lucy and Maria. Unfortunately for the girls, they could not try any of those silly tricks that some identical twins try to pull-off at school. That meant no changing names in situations where it was convenient to them, no sitting exams in each other’s stead: nothing.
The Tough Part
Due to the fact that the twins didn’t look identical, it was quite a bummer for them to not be able to pull off the typical shenanigans and mischevious things which twins do. While they were happy about their individuality and sense of self, their childhood wasn’t like that of most twins. Apart from their stark physical differences, each girl’s personality was vastly different from the other. Eventually, each one would share with the world just how unique she was from her sister.
As the twins grew into adults, the media got wind of their peculiar story and, as expected, went to town on it. Soon, some of the biggest names in media and news reporting were trying to get their hands on the twins to share their remarkable story. Inside Edition managed to get a hold of them. In their interview, the twins spoke about their difference in personality. Lucy admitted that she was much more shy in comparison to her out-going sister Maria. She added that it was like this even when they were young. Maria chimed in expressing her agreement with her sister, although she did say that as Lucy became an adult, she did become a little more extroverted. Maria was always the one to approach strangers and start conversing whereas Lucy would shy away in a corner. Because of their polarized personalities, while they were growing up, the twins didn’t have the closest of relationships. Thankfully, that’s a thing of the past: the two have gotten extremely close and are doing great things in life.
The Journey To Self-Love
The road to accepting their individuality and loving themselves was not an easy one for the twins. Lucy simply abhorred her skin complexion because she thought it was too pale. She was often bullied at school by other kids who said that she either looked like a ghost or that she was adopted. On the other hand, Maria wasn’t a fan of her curly hair. She would sit and cry about it, mulling in emotional pain. In an effort to appease the masses as well as herself, Lucy would try to convince her schoolmates that she got her complexion from her grandmother who was Caucasian. During her adolescence, Lucy used to straighten her ginger-colored hair. She had always had curly hair, although her’s did not have as tight a curl pattern as her sister Maria’s did. But wait: there’s more.
More Doubts, More Questions
Unbeknownst to Vince and Donna, they had participated in bringing to life a scientific anomaly: biracial, unidentical twins. It goes without saying that the couple had no idea that their twins would have been biracial and simultaneously unidentical. It’s not as if skin color and shade come up during an ultrasound. Yet, they did it. They achieved what doctors had given as a one in 500 chance of happening. To be fair, it’s not as if any of their previous children were that different in appearance themselves. The couple has three other children named Chynna, Jordan, and George respectively. All three children were reasonably dark, although Maria was the darkest of all. None of them were Caucasian like Lucy. How did such a miracle come to pass?
What are the odds?
In order for biracial twins to be born, both parents have to have different ethnic backgrounds. Vince’s background is essentially Caucasian whereas Donna is half-white half-black. That explains why their three older children all have a somewhat mixed skin tone. That’s all well and good, but what about the twins? How do you explain why one twin looks purely Caucasian while the other looks predominantly black? The more they thought about it, the stranger it seemed. It was like trying to solve a mysterious puzzle where all the pieces seemed to fit but the resulting combination just didn’t seem right. How did Vince and Donna create biracial twins?
A Touch Of Science
With nowhere else to turn, the couple looked to the wonders of science for an explanation as to the vast physical difference between their children. Upon conducting their investigation, they learned that Maria and Lucy were created from two completely different eggs in Donna’s womb. This makes them non-identical. This also means that unlike most twins, they don’t have the same genes. Therefore, because each one’s genetic makeup was different, it comes as no surprise that each one would look different. Due to Donna’s racial background as well as the unique genetic makeup of each sister, when born, it wouldn’t have been alarming if one girl came out with a much lighter skin complexion than the other. Genetically, Donna bore both the gene for white skin as well as the gene for black skin, therefore each twin had a chance of getting either gene. Putting science aside, everyone can tell how different these twins look. But how else are these girls different?
Lucy And Maria Growing Up
It has already been said that growing up, Maria was much more extroverted than her twin-sister Lucy. However, their differences went deeper than just that. Fashion-wise, the two were completely different. With a cross between elegant and Boho-inspired style, Maria was the more sophisticated dresser between the two girls. On the other hand, Lucy loved to rock an almost gothic-like fashion style. She would wear piercings and have on very dark makeup: edgy, to say the least. In a conversation with Inside Edition, Lucy, reminiscing on her childhood, lamented that while they were growing up, the twins didn’t have the strongest of bonds. She believed that things would have been different had they been identical twins, or at least looked like they were actually sisters: maybe, just maybe, they would have been closer as kids. Of course, things are much different today for these sisters.
In the same interview with Inside Edition, the twins declared that today, they aren’t just sisters: they’re best friends. Lucy stated that now, in comparison to when they were younger, “the bond between us is much stronger.” Somehow, they managed to put aside their differences as children and develop an unbreakable bond between each other. Lucy is proud of her skin color and also proud to say that her sister doesn’t look anything like her. Likewise, Maria has no problem letting people know that her sister is white. Growing up, these girls had to deal with a lot of internal pain surrounding the color of their skin. Thankfully, they have put those issues to rest and are happy to be bonded to each other through blood and friendship. Just how do these twins occupy their time now that they’re all grown up?
Off To Study
From an early age, each sister was determined to carve her own path and form her own identity. It comes as no surprise that each sister’s ideology followed her through her adult life. Maria decided to pursue a career in law. She enrolled at Cheltenham College, a co-ed school located in Cheltenham, England. Lucy, on the other hand, opted to become a designer. Therefore, she registered at Gloucester to pursue her dreams. Throughout their several talks with various media houses, each sister has spoken highly of the other and of their friendship. They clearly love each other and are happy to be in each other’s lives. That said, some of their friends aren’t as supportive as the twins would like them to be.
When Your Friends Don’t Even Believe You
Throughout their college lives, each girl had made her own set of friends. However, as the twin’s story began to garner much attention, it turned out that Lucy and Maria needed to seriously re-evaluate the people whom they considered to be “friends.” Apparently, when media houses began to cover the twin’s unique relationship, some of their friends were very pleased and supportive of the girls. On the other hand, there were those who could not believe that they were twins. Maria confessed to Inside Edition that upon showing one of her “friends” a photo of Lucy, the friend refused to believe that she was her twin. For some of their friends, it took them coming on television for them to believe that Maria and Lucy were twins. Lucy and Maria have definitely had the ups and downs when it comes to friendship. They realize that the world is accustomed to seeing a particular type of twin. As a result, when some people hear terms like “bi-racial twin”, they are hesitant to believe it.
Still Doubts Among Some Friends
For some people, it doesn’t matter how many times you try to convince them of something: they just won’t believe it. Some of Lucy and Maria’s nearest and dearest friends have, at times, had their doubts. These friends have questioned whether these girls really are the Aylmer Twins. Some of their “friends” have even gone as far as to ask each sister to furnish them a copy of her birth certificate just to prove that they are twins. This is a testament to how some people find it completely unbelievable that bi-racial twins exist. You can’t really blame them: bi-racial twins aren’t a common occurrence. It’s not like you meet one every day walking down the street. That said, friends should have a little bit more trust than that. Just goes to show how fickle some can be. But what do the twins have in common apart from being just blood relatives?
The Connection Is More Than Just Physical
Both Lucy and Maria have stated that as children, they were not as close as they are now. This doesn’t come as a complete surprise given that each girl was dealing with a lot of emotional distress and low self-esteem. The two girls always felt like they were in a different universe. However, an interviewer from Inside Edition was bold enough to ask both Lucy and Maria whether they shared the alleged psychic bond attributed to many twins. They put those thoughts to rest when they both said that they haven’t experienced any noticeable, definitive moments where they can say that they are psychically linked. However, they did mention that on occasion, they may feel pain in the same area. Perhaps the girls do have a connection or bond which runs deeper than just familial. But wait: there’s more.
More Than Meets The Eye
Although the two girls bear obvious points of differences across looks, fashion, and personality, there are some areas in which Lucy and Maria have more in common than meets the eye. When both girls were 18 years old, onlookers would easily mistake them for models. Both sisters sport stunning, slender and tall physiques characteristic of most of the top models in the world.
Count on Me
Some of the twin’s similarities run deeper than can be seen by the naked eye. If you look past the different skin complexion and hair color and look within, you will see that the girls have a lot in common. These sisters know that they will support each other and have each other’s back till the very end. They share a deep love, respect, and friendship that transcends anything that one’s appearance can dictate. Interestingly enough, these twins aren’t the only bi-racial twins in the world. Here are some more twins who really make you wonder just how uncommon are bi-racial twins.
We Are Family
The road to self-acceptance has not been easy for Lucy and Maria. Thankfully, not only do they have each other to lean on for support when times get rough, but they also have their family. Pictured are Lucy and Maria’s three other siblings with their mom in the center. Through all the hardship, pain, and scrutiny from the media and those around them, this family stuck together. Today, they can proudly wear a smile knowing that they fostered a close bond between each other. Yes, from time to time they may argue and fight. But, they love each other, and that’s a fact.
Family Trumps Everything
Although Vince and Donna eventually got a divorce, the two parents continued to be actively involved in their kids’ lives. Vince couldn’t fathom not seeing his children and neither could Donna. Each parent understood the importance of having parental figures in their kids lives, especially given the hardship that their children went through. They had shared a lot as a family, and that wasn’t about to change because Vince and Donna decided to go their separate ways. This family was meant to stick together through thick and thin!
You Are Not Alone
With all the media attention given to the Lucy and Maria Aylmer twins, it was only a matter of time till the media began to unearth more bi-racial twins. Marcia and Millie Biggs were one of those “discovered” bi-racial twins. In comparison to Lucy and Maria, these twins, despite being non-identical, like to dress the same. They can often be seen sporting the same outfits and walking to school holding hands. Here, in the photo above, you can even see that they have styled their hair in a similar fashion. In terms of their hobbies, both girls love to dance and are avid gymnasts. They love mathematics and science. Without a doubt, stripping away the same hairstyles, the same outfits and matching lunch kits, these girls do not look anything alike. However, they do make the ordinary bystander stop and wonder “are those girls related?”
There’s More Where They Came From
If you thought that Marcia and Millie were the only bi-racial twins in the spotlight now, you thought wrong! Up next we have Kalani and Jarani Dean. Born to a white mother and a black father, Jarani took the father’s gene for black skin while the Kalani snatched her mom’s own for white skin. Being bi-racial twins is quite rare. However, mother of the twin girls, Whitney Meyer, posits that her babies are a symbol denouncing racism. Meyer has shared the belief that the rare occurrence of bi-racial twins will make people realize that skin color is insignificant in the grand scheme of things. Just like Maria and Lucy’s mother, Whitney was so surprised to find out that she had given birth to bi-racial children. Still, she showed as much love and affection to her children as any mother would. As far as she was concerned, “they’re the same girl, just different colors.”
More Come To The Forefront
Before Larry and Joanne found out that they were expecting twins, they began to vacillate on which parent would look more like the twins: the mother, or the father. Larry is black, and Joanne is white. However, when Joanne gave birth to her babies, they realized that they got the best of both worlds. Pictured above, Joanne gave birth to a baby boy and girl who both grew up to be healthy kids. What they didn’t expect was for the twins to look so vastly different. As they grew up, the parents noticed that the children, despite being twins, had different skin complexions. Just like Lucy and Maria, Joanne has spoken about how difficult it is for people to believe that her kids are twins: some people just don’t want to believe it.
Kian and Remee
When they found out that they were going to have twins, Kylee and Remi knew that their babies would look different. Both parents come from families where the father was black and the mother was white. Therefore, they knew that their genetic makeup had a propensity to make their offspring look different from themselves. Accordingly, their twins came out bi-racial. Based on scientific findings, a pair of twins like Kian and Remee only comes around once in a million. One sister has blonde hair and blue eyes, a big contrast to her other sister who has brown eyes and a dark complexion. Apparently, Kylee and Remi say that the first word uttered by both these girls was “juice.” Funnily enough, that seems to be the only thing that these sisters have in common.
The Story Of James And Daniel
James and Daniel are yet another pair of twins that defy the ordinary person’s perception of what twins should look like. These twins were born to the same parents. Alyson, a white woman, and Errol, a black man from Jamaica, are the parents of these brothers. However, apart from being blood-related, these twins have nothing in common. James has a darker skin complexion in comparison to his brother, Daniel. James is also gay, extroverted and loves going to school. Daniel, on the other hand, is straight, timid, and isn’t a huge fan of school. Alyson, like most mothers of bi-racial twins, was in complete shock when she saw how different her babies were. Nonetheless, she loves them the same.
A Little Bit Of Everything
Pictured above, we have bi-racial twins Viviana and Dennis Ng sporting similar baby-outfits. One glance at them, however, and you’ll realize that the matching baby-outfits can’t hide the fact that these babies don’t look anything alike. What’s particularly interesting about these bi-racial kids is that they have one of the most complex genetic makeups in the world. Essentially, the Ng family has a rich ancestry and extensive racial background which has filtered into the DNA of Viviana and Dennis. Genetically, these babies have Chinese, African, Hispanic, Hawaain, and European genes all mixed up inside of them. The twins are special babies, and their parents know it.
Hurtful Comments, Bullied Twins
Breana and Brittney Cincotta are testaments to the difficulties which some bi-racial twins face when growing up. During her childhood, the twin which experienced the most hurtful comments was Breana. She remembers when people would call her names like “albino”. She was lighter in skin-complexion than her twin sister, so mean children would bully her. People even went as far as to say that she should choose to be either white or black: she can’t be mixed. The comments that people made really hurt Breana. Thankfully, the twins are older now and no longer have to worry about the opinions of hurtful people. Breana and Brittney still meet a lot of people who cannot believe that they are twins.
The Identical But Not So Identical Bi-Racial Twins
From a distance, someone who is not observant would think that these twins are 100% identical. Actually, scientifically, they are, in fact, considered to be identical. However, someone with a critical eye would realize that there is more than meets the eye when it comes to Jasmine and Amelia. One sister is darker in complexion than the other. Their mother is white while their father is black. It would seem that one of the sisters decided to take more after the father than the mother. That said, the twins have identical physical features minus the difference in skin complexion. These twin girls are thought to be the first pair of white and black twins in the UK to be genetically identical.
A Miracle Happens Twice In This Family
For the Spooner family, miracles tend to come in twos! The couple first shocked the world when they gave birth to bi-racial twins: one black baby, another white baby. As rare as that was, seven years later, they repeated the feat! The mother gave birth to another pair of twins and guess what: the babies were also bi-racial. Talk about a miracle! Experts in the field of genetics claim that at present, it may seem a bit strange to read or hear about the appearance of bi-racial twins. However, they believe that in time, bi-racial twins will be much more common due to an expected surge in people marrying outside their gene pool.
Bi-Racial Twins in Ohio
Born to an Ohio couple, twins Ghabriael and Trinity are bi-racial and have received a lot of media exposure since being born. Their appearance in the spotlight is largely due to much criticism received by their parents from persons in the community. The mother of the twins is white while the father is black. The babies don’t look even remotely similar: one of the babies has a dark complexion and brown eyes while the other is lighter with blue eyes. The parents have claimed that people in Ohio have called their children every derogatory term in the book, including “mutt.” What’s more, the parents themselves have been heavily criticized for bringing these babies into the world. The outright, outlandish and unacceptable racist comments experienced by this family has gotten the attention of people internationally.
Beyond Sisterly Bonds
Although having bi-racial twins is a rarity in and of itself, on occasion, it may hit home a lot easier than in other cases. This tends to happen when two family members have bi-racial twins. Pictured above are two sisters who both had bi-racial twins. The chances of this happening are extremely small, some would even say nearly impossible. Each sister has a black and white twin. Thankfully, they have a very good relationship and the children all play together. What a great way to foster family time and develop familial bonds!
Couldn’t Be More Different
When Kendall and Baylee’s parents learned that they were going to be having twins, they were over the moon. They were quite shocked when the delivery day came and the babies looked nothing like each other! They had a case of bi-racial twins: Kendall was darker in complexion to her sister Baylee. How did such a combination happen? Well, the father has Jamaican heritage, therefore Kendall inherited his genes more than her mother’s. At least the family has made light of the situation. Curtis, the twin’s father, stated in jest that people will be able to differentiate them easily. He did, however, add that had they not been his daughters, he would have had a hard time believing them to be twins.
The Bi-Racial Twins Keep Piling Up
Funnily enough, as soon as couple Kyle and Hannah learned that they were to be expecting twins, jokingly, their friends claimed that one of the twins would come out looking darker than the next one. The couple took the jokes lightly, thinking that it was highly improbable. Yes, Kyle was darker-skinned in comparison to Hannah, but bi-racial kids: what are the odds? Well, it seems that the couple took the jokes too lightly. When they saw the babies, they were in utter disbelief. Now, whenever they are together with their babies, people always question them about their kids, even in the supermarkets. Some people are in disbelief that the twins are really their’s!
There Can Be Miracles When You Believe
For years, Brian and Carole tried to have children without any success. It took one miscarriage too many and several other issues before the couple was blessed with their dream. Thankfully, great things come to those who wait: Brian and Carole didn’t have just one baby, but two! What’s more, their twin babies were different: they were bi-racial. The babies had different skin complexions. Nonetheless, the parents were overjoyed to finally have their dreams come true. They love their babies with the heart of a lion and are happy to finally start a family.
A Real Shocker
How does a couple comprising a man and woman, both of predominantly African-ancestry, have a pair of twins where one baby is black and the other a shocking white? Well, Arlette and Francis’s story raised several eyebrows when it hit the news. It was so unbelievable that Francis himself doubted whether he was the father of the baby. What’s curious, however, is that the baby in question whose name is Daniel isn’t bi-racial, neither is he albino. Apparently, he inherited a rare genetic mutation which Arlette believes to exist in her bloodline. She recalls hearing stories of a child being born several generations before her on her mother’s side of the family with similar features. Now, she has reason to believe that those stories are true.
Nyle Dimarco and His Twin Brother
From winning Dancing to the Stars to America’s Next Top Model, deaf celebrity and model Nyle Dimarco has stolen the hearts of so many throughout the world. He has become a huge advocate for deaf people throughout the world and raises awareness of the issues that they face as a marginalized group. With all his stardom and gorgeous looks, it often goes unmentioned that he has a twin brother who looks nothing like him! Although to be fair, it’s not like people would mistake Nico for Nyle: though they aren’t bi-racial, they don’t look anything alike. Both of them have also pursued different paths: Nico is a DJ while Nyle is, well, Nyle!