These Girls Share a Special Bond That No One Can Believe

biracial twins maria and lucy douglasParents of twins can often have a tough time initially telling the little babies apart. But not in the case of Maria and Lucy Aylmer. The biracial twins, who were born in 1997 to a half-Jamaican mother and a white father, have been consistently questioned about not only being twins, but being related at all.

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"No one ever believes we are twins because I am white and Maria is black," Lucy reveals in an interview with Bancroft Media. "Even when we dress alike, we still don’t even look like sisters, let alone twins."

And they can trace it all back to the beginning. They've been questioned their whole lives, and even the twins' mom could not believe the differences when the babies were first born. Their mom first noticed in the delivery, since "things like skin color don't show up on scans before birth," Lucy said in the interview. "So she had no idea that we were so different. When the midwife handed us both to her, she was just speechless."

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And their differences are apparent, even in their academic choices. The girls are now both college students, but their choices and academic paths are polar opposites. Maria (left, in the photo above), studies law and psychology at Cheltenham College in England. Meanwhile, Lucy (right), studies art and design at Gloucester College.

But as surprising as the discovery may have been, it turns out that the phenomenon is not that unlikely. According to the BBC, a mixed race European couple who is expecting twins has about a one in 500 chance of welcoming biracial children. With just about 12,000 sets of twins born every year in the UK, just a few are born with different skin colors.

And the greatest perk? They're never mistaken for one another. "We were in the same class at infant school, but no one ever had a problem telling us apart," says Lucy. "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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Yes, their friends have actually made them produce birth certificates to prove they're twins, but they've both embraced their unique looks and are owning their differences. That's one thing they definitely have in common!

Are you surprised by how not rare this really is?
 

 

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