Nobody believes that Lucy and Maria Aylmer, of the United Kingdom, are twins.
They were born in 1997 to a white father and a half-Jamaican mother, and the sisters have grown used to getting mistaken for being friends, according to the NY Post.
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“No one ever believes we are twins because I am white and Maria is black,” Lucy said. “Even when we dress alike, we still don’t even look like sisters, let alone twins.”
One has straight, reddish hair and a fair complexion and the other has darker eyes and skin.
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“No-one ever believes we are twins because I am white and Maria is black. Even when we dress alike, we still don’t even look like sisters, let alone twins. When we’ve met friends for the first time they never believe we are twins and they have even made us produce our birth certificates to prove that we are actually twins,” Lucy told ITV.
After their mother gave birth, she was stunned when the doctors handed the twins.
“It was such a shock for her because obviously things like skin color don’t show up on scans before birth. So she had no idea that we were so different. When the midwife handed us both to her she was just speechless,” Lucy added.
Maria studies law and psychology at Cheltenham College, and Lucy studies art and design at Gloucester College, the Post reported.
“Now we have grown older, even though we still look so different, the bond between us is much stronger. Now we are proud of the fact that we are each other’s twin sister. Maria loves telling people at college that she has a white twin – and I’m very proud of having a black twin,” Lucy told the broadcaster.
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These are twin sisters – Lucy and Maria Aylmer . Their mother is black, and their father is white. pic.twitter.com/wlMf19RtXF
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They have three siblings who have different skin color.
“All our older brothers and sisters have a skin color which is in between Maria and I,” Lucy said. “We are at opposite ends of the spectrum and they are all somewhere in between.”
Lucy noted that growing up, people didn’t mistake her and her sister for one another
“We were in the same class at infant school, but no one ever had a problem telling us apart,” she explained. “Most twins look like two peas in a pod — but Maria and I couldn’t look more different if we tried. We don’t even look like we have the same parents, let alone having been born at the same time.”