Undoubtedly, Lucy and Maria Aylmer are not the typical identical twins. As World Wide Features reports, the twin sisters, who are 18 years old, are two of the five children born to their Caucasian father and ‘half-Jamaican’ mother in Gloucester, U.K.
Lucy and Maria, though twins, are opposites as far as their appearance is concerned: Lucy has fair skin and red hair while Maria has caramel skin and dark hair.
‘No one ever believes we are twins because I am white and Maria is black’, Lucy says. ‘Even when we dress alike, we still don’t even look like sisters, let alone twins. When we’ve met friends for the first time they never believe we are twins and they have even made us produce our birth certificates to prove that we are actually twins!.’
According to BBC, fraternal twins, as they are called, develop from two eggs fertilized by separate sperm cells. In the case of a biracial couple expecting twins, there is a rare possibility of about ‘1 in 500’ that those twins will have different skin colors.
‘Now we have grown older, even though we still look so different, the bond between us is much stronger’, Lucy reveals. ‘Now we are proud of the fact that we are each other’s twin sister. Maria loves telling people at college that she has a white twin – and I’m very proud of having a black twin.’