Two sisters in England are making international headlines for being twins who look nothing alike.
Lucy and Maria Alymer are the daughters of a half Jamaican mother and a white father and have been asked to show their birth certificates to prove to people that they’re even related.
One has straight ginger hair, a fair complexion and deep blue eyes. The other has masses of curls, far darker skin and her eyes are a sparkling brown.
With such opposing looks it’s hard to believe this striking pair are sisters. But they are much more than that – they are twins.
The girls were born with radically different colouring thanks to a quirk of their mixed-race parentage.
Lucy and Maria Aylmer’s mother Donna is half Jamaican and their father Vince is white, and together they managed to produce one white twin and one black twin.
The girls were born in January 1997.
Their mother was astonished when she first saw the twins, as nothing on the scans had prepared her for their different skin tones.
Fair-haired Lucy, who lives with her family in Gloucester, said: ‘It was such a shock for her because things like skin colour 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.’
Their mother, who is 47 and a warehouse worker, and their 53-year-old father, who works as a scaffolder, split up after the twins were born.
The 18-year-olds have three older siblings, George, 23, Chynna, 22, and Jordan, 21. Lucy said: ‘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 in between.
‘But my grandmother has a very fair English rose complexion, just like mine.’
She added: ‘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.’
Wow in spite of the different skin tones can you tell that these two are sisters????
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