Twins Were Born One Black and One White. Years Later, They Look Even More Different

August 24, 2019 Updated: August 30, 2019

Sometimes opposites really do attract. These twin girls from England are best friends, yet they look nothing like one another—one girl is white, and the other is black.

Donna Aylmer and her husband were thrilled when they learned she was pregnant with twins, but they were in shock when both sisters came into the world on Jan. 16, 1997.

To the parents’ astonishment, one of their babies, Lucy Aylmer, was white, while the other one, Maria Aylmer, was black.

“It was such a shock for her because things like skin color don’t show up on scans before birth,” the then-18-year-old Lucy told MailOnline in 2015. “So she had no idea that we were so different. When the midwife handed us both to her she was just speechless.”

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Lucy has fair skin with freckles, blue eyes, a fair complexion, and straight red hair, but her twin sister, Maria, has a darker complexion, brown eyes, a dark complexion, and curly brown hair.

The non-identical twin sisters’ contrasting skin color was due to their mixed-race parentage. Their mother, Donna, is half Jamaican, and their father is white.

Twins are born non-identical to their sibling as each comes from separate eggs and inherits different genes. Biracial twins are said to be “one in a million.”

Aylmer Twins

Lucy and Maria's mom did a double take the first time she saw her twins.

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The unique biracial twin sisters have three older siblings—George, Chynna, and Jordan.

“Our brothers and sisters have skin which is inbetween Maria and I. We are at opposite ends of the spectrum and they are all somewhere inbetween,” Lucy said, who has an extremely fair English rose complexion just like her grandmother.

As they grew up together in Gloucester, England, both girls became best friends. As twins, their mom used to dress them up in the same outfits; but as they grew up, and discovered how different they looked, they stopped wearing the same things. They were sometimes teased at school, and many couldn’t believe they were related.

“No one ever believes we are twins. Even when we dress alike, we still don’t look like sisters, let alone twins. Friends have even made us produce our birth certificates to prove it,” Lucy said.

Friends thought Lucy was adopted and called her “a ghost,” Inside Edition reported.

Meanwhile, Maria had always envied Lucy’s straight hair and used to cry about her curly hair, which she hated.

All grown up now, both girls look even more different. They are also two very different persons—even opposites in some regards.

Lucy studied art and design at Gloucester College, while Maria majored in law at Cheltenham College. Lucy is shy and casual in her manner of dress and style, whilst Maria is more direct and extroverted, with a hipper fashion sense.

What are the chances? Maria and Lucy are twins. They share the same parents and have siblings whose skin colours are "inbetween" theirs.

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But besides their differences, they accept one another—opposites attract as they say.

“Maria loves telling people at college that she has a white twin—and I’m very proud of having a black twin,” Lucy said.

Even to this day, people find it hard to believe that the girls are twins. They hope that other people will accept them for who they are and understand they’re twins.

“If I have kids one day, they might come out looking like Lucy,” Maria laughed.

Have you ever known a pair of biracial twins like these?

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