Two twins: One white, one black, both Jamaican

By: Naturally Triece

One is a red head with straight tresses, the other has curls out of this world with a slight tan. These two young ladies are actually twin sisters.

With such opposing looks it can be really hard to believe that they would even be related to one another, let alone sisters.

The girls were born radically different in color thanks to the quirk of their mixed-race percentage.

Same same, but different:  Lucy and Maria Aylmer, 18, from Gloucester are non-identical twins

Lucy and Maria Alymer’s mother Donna is half Jamaican and their father, Vince is white. The two together managed to produce one white child and one black child that were actually twins.

These two young ladies were born in January of 1997. Their mother was astonished when she’d first laid eyes on her two twin baby girls. Nothing on the scans could possibly prepare her for such a discovery.

Lucy, who currently lives with her family in Gloucester says, “It was such a shock for her because 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.”

Donna, 47, and Vince, 53, split up after the twins were born.

Family line: The twins' mother Donna is half Jamaican and their father Vince is white, and their siblings George, Chynna and Jordan all have darker skin than Lucy and lighter than Maria

The 18-year-old twins have three older siblings, George, 23, Chynna, 22, and Jordan, 21. Lucy stated, “Our brothers and sister have skin which is in between Maria and I. We are at opposite ends of the spectrum and they are all somewhere in between… But my grandmother has a very fair English rose complexion, just like me.”

All together: Maria and Lucy with their mother Donna and siblings George, 23, Chynna, 22, and Jordan, 21

She continued, “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.”

There is no incident of the twins being mistaken for one another while at school, “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. 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.”
Different strokes:  'Outgoing' Maria studies law at Cheltenham College, while 'shy' Lucy studies art and design at Gloucester College

The twins’ looks are different but so are their career goals and choices. Lucy currently studies art and design at Gloucester College and Maria studies law at Cheltenham College. Maria is known as the outgoing twin while Lucy is described as the shy one. “Maria loves telling people at college that she has a white twin and I’m very proud of having a black twin.”

Two of a kind: The twins, who live in Gloucester, were born in January 1997

So cool!

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