Inside Edition has been reporting all week about a set of twins. One is black, and one is white. Technically, neither is black, and neither is white. They just look that way. Actually, the 18-year old-twin girls are biracial. Their father is white, and their mother is half black and half white
No one can believe they are sisters, and surely it is hard to believe they are twins. The girls are best friends. Lucy and Maria Aylmer live in Gloucester, England. Maria has a caramel complexion, brown eyes, and thick curly black hair. Lucy has pale white skin with ginger red hair, blue eyes, and freckles. Most people have the same reaction when they hear they are twins.
Donna and Vince were thrilled when they found out they were having twins. When they were born, Donna did a double take when she looked at them. She said she was emotional and cried because she was in shock.
When the twin girls were younger, their mother dressed them alike in matching outfits. By age 10, Lucy says she didn’t feel like a twin, so she didn’t see why she had to dress like her sister.
Lucy says she was sometimes taunted at school because she didn’t look like her twin. Her classmates teased her about being adopted. They called her a ghost because of her fair skin.
Even though they are twins, they are quite different. In fact, they are quite opposite in a lot of areas. Maria is the outgoing one and loves dressing up in fashionable clothes. Lucy is not outgoing like her twin. She says she is terrified of going up to strangers. She perfers casual clothes. They have come to embrace their uniqueness.
The New York Post reported that the twins in the U.K. are turning heads because one is black and the other is white. The sisters have grown accustomed to getting mistaken for being just friends. They have even had to produce their birth certificates in order to prove they are related. Lucy says because they look alike, they are never mistaken for the other.
“We were in the same class at infant school, but no one ever had a problem telling us apart. 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.”
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