Abby and Brittany Hensel have never been able to truly avoid the public eye, so now the 22-year old conjoined twins have decided to embrace it.
Born with one essentially body and two heads, or as dicephalic parapagus twins to be specific, the girls first appeared in the public eye on the cover of Life Magazine in 1996. Though just six at the time, the conjoined twins‘ publicity continued with a pair of appearances on Oprah. They’ve also been in a handful of documentaries.
The New York Daily News reports that the pair is getting a reality show on TLC, which will be called Abby and Brittany and will follow the girls as they graduate from Bethel University and get started on the job hunt. It will also show the girls as they take a trip through Europe.
Though the two share one body and several organs, they have two distinct personalities and control different parts of the body. Abby controls the left side of the body, whereas Brittany controls the right. They can work together to drive a car, ride a bike or do just about anything anyone else can do. The promotional video (below) shows the girls acting like any recent college grad, having a good time and enjoying life.
While the conjoined Hensel twins tend to get stares wherever they go, they don’t let it get to them.
“We throw it out there, and we let it go,” Abby Hensel said.
People Magazine reports that Abby and Brittany, the show that shows conjoined twins trying to live a normal life, premieres Aug. 28 at 10 p.m. Eastern.