Donna and Vince Aylmer, a married couple living in Gloucester, England, were on there way to the doctor for their first prenatal checkup a...

Mom’s Twins Are Different. 18 Years Later, They’re Unrecognizable Mom’s Twins Are Different. 18 Years Later, They’re Unrecognizable

Mom’s Twins Are Different. 18 Years Later, They’re Unrecognizable

Mom’s Twins Are Different. 18 Years Later, They’re Unrecognizable

 

Donna and Vince Aylmer, a married couple living in Gloucester, England, were on there way to the doctor for their first prenatal checkup and ultrasound. Donna, a 49-year-old warehouse worker, and her husband Vince, a 55-year-old scaffolder, were thrilled when they knew that their family of five will soon have a new member.

1. Exciting News

They were happy and a bit nervous, but felt confident that they had this in the bag because this isn’t their first child.  They didn’t expect anything out of the ordinary, and thus were totally oblivious to the news that they were about to receive.

2. Not One, But Two Tiny Tots

And here is the surprise! The Aylmers were informed by the doctor that they were expecting not one, but two little babies to join their growing family. The news came as a bit of a shock, but the couple was relieved to hear that they were healthy and developing normally.

They already have three kids, George, Chynna, and Jordan. With the upcoming twins, this sounded like a bit of a handful. However, this didn’t stop the couple from treating this news as the biggest blessing.

3. The Surprise!

Donna gave birth to a set of beautiful and healthy twins on January 16, 1997. When the midwife handed her the babies, she was completely speechless and also somewhat confused.

Embraced in one of Donna’s arms was Lucy. A twin with a snow white complexion accented by deep blue eyes and ginger hair. Perched in Donna’s other arm was the other twin, and her name was Maria. She was with sparking brown eyes, matched with a very dark complexion and brown hair. Can this be possible?

4. Same Same, But Different

As things tend to go with twins, Donna dressed her girls in matching outfits. As cute as that may be, strangers would stare in confusion because the girls didn’t look like twins; they didn’t even look related to each other.

Lucy could pass off as Irish, with her blue-green eyes and red curly hair. On the other hand, Maria has features that most people who hail from the Caribbean islands possess. She has dark skin and eyes, as well as curly brown hair. If this sounds very different, just wait and see what they look like today.

5. A Sense of Identity

The twins didn’t understand why they had to sport the exact same clothes if it was as clear as day that they looked nothing alike. At the tender age of seven, they told their mother they didn’t want to dress in the same outfits anymore. They told their mother that they didn’t feel like twins because of how different they looked, and so they preferred to dress differently as well.

It was from that moment that the girls established their own sense of identity, but that came with its own set of difficulties as well.

6. No Playing Tricks This Time

Lucy and Maria were placed in the same class at school, and no one had any difficulty telling them apart. This meant the girls couldn’t swap names or their homework, or play tricks on their teachers and classmates like twins often do.

Even without the usual perks of twins, Lucy and Maria were still happy that they don’t look alike. They could be easily identified from each other and thus were allowed to grow their individuality. As Lucy and Maria got older, they would open up about how different they really are–not just in their distinctive looks.

7. Like Night and Day

When the girls turned 18, their unusual story stimulated the interest of several news outlets. They were the twins that were as different as night and day, both externally and internally. “Maria was outgoing whilst I was the shy one.” Lucy told the Inside Edition about their complete opposite personalities. Maria agreed and added that as they grew older, Lucy came out of her shell a bit more.

These differences between them meant that as young girls, the twins weren’t the closest, but that changed when they grew older. Lucy preferred to steer clear of strangers, while Maria was always confident enough to walk up to strangers and strike up a conversation. So what are the twins up to today? If you want to know keep reading to find out.

8. Personal Qualms

Lucy hated her pale skin because kids used to tease her for looking like a ghost and being the adopted one in the family. On the other hand, Maria hated her curly hair and used to cry about it often. Both twins didn’t like certain attributes about themselves.

Lucy would try to reason  with herself and others as to where she got her pale skin. She concluded that she inherited her English rose complexion from her grandmother. Lucy also started to straighten her hair as she got older because it was also naturally curly, but she never had ringlets like Maria. But that’s not all.

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9. Has There Been Some Kind of Mistake?

The Aylmers had created a set of biracial twins and didn’t even know it. Not to mention that the chances of having biracial twins are about one in 500. Obviously, skin tone and color don’t show up in an ultrasound, so there was no way of their knowing this was going to happen.

The Aylmers had created a set of biracial twins and didn’t even know it. Not to mention that the chances of having biracial twins are about one in 500. Obviously, skin tone and color don’t show up in an ultrasound, so there was no way of their knowing this was going to happen.

10. How Is This Possible?

Vince is of Caucasian descent, while Donna is a half Jamaican and half white. Biracial twins have to stem from parents with different ethnicities and races. So it makes sense that their three older kids have a mixed skin tone.

Despite being twins, it seemed like Donna had given birth to complete strangers. What came as the surprise of a lifetime was that this pair possessed completely different skin colors and looked nothing alike.  But how this could be even possible?

11. The Science of Biracial Twins

They are formed from separate eggs in the womb, and that is why they are called non-identical twins. This means that they didn’t inherit the exact same genes, and it was a complete luck of the draw as to who would get what skin color.

Besides for skin color, just how different did Lucy and Maria really turn out? Their mother carried the gene for both white and black skin, so there was an increased chance of her passing on a white gene to at least one twin. In Lucy and Maria’s case, the probability of one twin coming out light and the other dark was higher than other cases because of mother Donna’s mixed lineage.

12. Growing Older

Lucy enjoys dressing with edgy and dark makeup and piercings. On the contrary, Maria dresses in a more sophisticated fashion with a bit of a boho twist. Besides for the stark difference in their appearance and personalities, the girls developed their own sense of style.

Lucy admitted that perhaps if they looked the same and it looked like they shared the same parents, they might have been closer. She confessed to the Inside Edition that all the differences between them did affect how close they were when they were young. However, this doesn’t mean that the bond between them isn’t stronger than ever today.

13. The Sisterly Bond

Lucy emphasized something during the interview with Inside Edition. “Now we have grown older, even though we still look so different, the bond between us is much stronger.” The twins said that today they aren’t only twin sisters, but also best friends.

Lucy feels blessed that she can tell everyone that her sister isn’t the same color as her. Also, Maria is proud of telling everyone she has a white twin. However, just like it took them a good few years to get used to the fact that they were different, it seems like some other people struggle with the idea too. But what are the girls are up to today?

14. College Days

The Aylmer twins haven’t only embraced a different sense of style, they also embarked on totally distinct career paths. Embracing their differences is their mode of living. Lucy enrolled at Gloucester as an art and design student, while Maria is studying law at Cheltenham College.

They are special, but that doesn’t mean that people always accept them for who they are. The girls do boast about each other and talk fondly of one another. Usually, this encouraged lots of media interest in them.

15. With Friends Like These…

After they have had interviews with several media outlets, a few of their friends at college were really impressed with their unusual story. Maria told Inside Edition that someone asked her if she’s really a twin when she showed her a picture of Lucy. In addition, there were others who refused to believe it.

Only after the television interview did some of their friends start to believe that it was in fact true. The girls, Lucy and Maria were biracial twins! People are used to twins looking alike, but in their case, even if they dress the same, it’s still hard for some to believe they’re even related. However, Maria said they are used to skeptics.

16. Identification, Please!

Some of their close friends have had a hard time believing their atypical story. As a test of their friendship, some have even asked Lucy and Maria to produce their birth certificates in order to prove they are twins.

“These friends sure don’t have a lot of trust …” Maria jokingly said, when she was speaking with Inside Edition. With a very low probability of occuring, biracial twins is really uncommon and people might find it hard to accept.

17. A Psychic Bond

During the interview with Inside Edition, they were asked if they share the stereotypical psychic bond that all twins claim to possess. Girls admitted that they don’t really “feel” that psychic bond most twins talk about. They said were never close growing up and always felt like worlds apart from each other. This might explain why they don’t have the psychic bond.

However, they do sometimes experience the same physical pains in the same spots. So maybe they do have this bond, and they’re not even aware of it. But that’s not all.

18. More Similar Than They Think

At 18, both could pass off as models with tall and slender physiques. Lucy and Maria might contrast one another in many ways and celebrate their differences through fashion and style, but they seem to be more similar than they think.

The girls take comfort in the fact that they will always have each other’s backs no matter if they look the same or not. If you look closely, beyond the color of their hair and eyes, there are some strong similarities between them. If you thought they were the only biracial twins, wait until you read about this next awesome twosome!

19. Not the Only Ones

Marcia and Millie Biggs are another pair of biracial twins. In contrast with Maria and Lucy, these twin sisters are really close in style and manner. They even walk to school hand in hand. Also, they  jaunt about sporting the same hairstyle.

While it’s clear that beyond the matching lunch packs, uniforms, and hairstyles, the girls aren’t identical, they definitely do share some similar physical attributes. They both enjoy gymnastics and dance, and share an interest and skill in science and mathematics.

20. And Another Pair…

The other pair of biracial twin are Kalani and Jarani Dean. Their mother, Whitney Meyer, considers her daughters a symbol against racism. Whitney  is white and their dad is black, and as a result, Kalani came out fair skinned while Jarani inherited brown skin.

Just like Maria’s and Lucy’s mother, Meyer was also so surprised when they were born because giving birth to biracial twins is so rare. Meyer believes that this genetic phenomenon can create social awareness about how trivial skin color really is. She told Today magazine, “They’re the same girl, just different colors.”

21. An Unexpected Surprise

Parents Joanne and Larry had wondered, prior to the birth of their twins, whether they would take after their mother more or their father more. What they certainly didn’t expect, was to have one of each.

“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. At first, the differences between the two twins were subtle. But as time went by it started to become more and more apparent that the two had completely different skin tones.

22. One in a Million

Kian and Remee, a pair of twins, were born just a minute apart. Both of their parents, Kylee and Remi, come from families that had white mothers and black fathers, giving them a mixed genetic makeup and a very rare set of twins.

According to science, these twins are one in a million. Their parents say that while the twins shared the same first word, ‘juice,’ the girls couldn’t be more different. One of the girls is black with brown eyes, while the other girl is blonde with blue eyes.

23. The Opposite Brothers

James and Daniel are fraternal twins and apart from sharing the same parents, they have nothing in common with each other. Daniel is white, straight, shy and doesn’t enjoy school in the least. In contrast, his brother James is black, gay, outgoing and enjoys school.

The Guardian

“It was hard to believe they were even brothers, let alone twins,” their mother Alyson said. She is white, while their father, Errol, is Jamaican which explains the possibility of having children with skin tone variations. Most Caribbean people, while dark-skinned, also carry European DNA.

24. The Rainbow Family

The Ng family is a multiracial family that hails from all over the world. This pair of adorable twins, Viviana and Dennis Ng, is an incredibly unique set, not just for their skin tones but for their wide variety of family genetics.

“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.’ ” Viviana and Dennis carry African, Hispanic, Hawaiian, Chinese, and European genes, making the twins very unique.

25. Different Struggles

Growing up, Breana was teased for her light skin tone and called names like ‘albino.’ She was also told that she had to choose sides between white and black. Growing up looking different from your family can be a struggle. That was certainly the case for Breana Cincotta.

That being said, people still do not believe that the two are related, much less fraternal twins. Thankfully, the twins are now grown up and they say that neither one of them has to deal with such childish teasing anymore.

26. Identical Twins

These two beautiful girls are actually identical twins. In fact, the twins, Amelia and Jasmine, are believed to be the very first genetically identical black and white twins to be born in the UK.  But you may not have guessed it just by looking at them.

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When they were born, we were flabbergasted, even the doctors couldn’t believe it,” their mother said. “They look like they’re different races.” The parents knew that they were going to have identical twins prior to the birth, so both parents were gearing up to quickly learn how to tell the two apart.

27. A Remarkable Family

The Spooner family is remarkable for having not just one pair of black and white twins, but two! Yeah, exactly ! The couple gave birth to one pair of twins, then seven years later they gave birth to another set of twins and they were also biracial.

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We will keep seeing more and more biracial twins in the future but at the moment, it is still quite rare. Geneticists say that as people more and more are marrying outside of their gene pool the barriers between races will continue to break down.

28. The Cunningham Twins

This set of twins was born to an Ohio couple in the United States, the mother white and the father black. While the twins were called medical marvels by doctors, the couple has faced criticism and backlash from their very own community.

The parents say people ask them all the time whether the two are related and if they are certain. Baby Ghabriael was born with light skin and blonde hair blue eyes, while baby Triniti was born with dark skin and brown eyes. They say that some people have gone as far as asking them how they could do such a thing to their children. The innocent children have been called derogatory slurs such as mutts and the parents have even been criticized.

29. Unusual Friends

The parents of these two pairs of twins are not only friends, their mothers are actually sisters! What are the odds? While having biracial twins is still a very rare occurrence sometimes, as fate would have it, they happen in close proximity.

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The sisters each have black and white twins and all of them are great friends. “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. Well, technically it all comes down to genetics but the chances are very slim.

30. Embracing Uniqueness

The babies, one a boy, one a girl, couldn’t look less alike. These baby twins are another set of fraternal twins. But as we already know, looks have a tendency to be deceiving when it comes to twins and genetics.

“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.” Their mother says that she hopes her children will embrace their uniqueness.

31. Strikingly Different

Twin girls Kendall and Baylee gave their parents quite a shock with their strikingly different looks. Baylee took after her mother’s more European heritage while Kendall inherited her father’s part Jamaican, darker skin tone. Initially, the parents had been getting ready to learn how to tell their twins apart.

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Their father said that if they weren’t his own daughters he most likely wouldn’t believe that they were related either. “One thing I know for sure is that family and friends won’t ever struggle to tell them apart,” Curtis, the twins’ father, added jokingly.

32. Hannah and Kyle

Pair Hannah and Kyle say that from the moment they found out they were pregnant with twins their friends started joking. They told them that one would come out dark and the other fair, just like their parents. The parents laughed it off saying that it really wasn’t likely.

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They were understandably stunned when that joke turned into reality. The parents say that they are asked questions about the twins everywhere that they go. “I can’t walk down the aisle at the supermarket without getting stopped,” Hannah told reporters.

33. Miracle Twins

Couple Carole and Brian had been trying to have children for a very long time with no success. After lots of issues and numerous miscarriages, they were finally able to have not just one baby, but twins. And not just ordinary twins, but unique ones.

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Given the tough issues they had dealt with while even attempting to get pregnant in the first place, their children certainly are miracle babies. The chances that Carole and Brian would give birth to twins with different skin tones was a million to one.

34. Baby Daniel

Baby Daniel gave his parents quite a shock with his fair skin and blonde hair. When he was born, considering that both of his parents come from mostly African heritage they were confused. His father Francis admitted that when he first saw the newborn he questioned whether he was actually the father.

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This kid, Daniel, isn’t technically biracial though. And he isn’t albino either. His mother Arlette says that she had heard stories of a woman in her family six generations ago giving birth to a white baby but she always believed the story to be a myth. His features are due to a slight genetic mutation that runs in his mother’s family.

5. The DiMarcos

America’s Next Top Model winner Nyle DiMarco couldn’t look anything less like his twin brother Nico. He was born with very fair skin and striking red hair. Both brothers were born deaf, but that certainly hasn’t stopped them from pursuing their passions and succeeding.

Nyle is a model and actor, while Nico is a successful DJ. While they technically aren’t biracial, they are an example of just how different twins can turn out. Both are also deaf activists, working to raise awareness and help support the community.

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