These “non-identical twins” do not have the same skin color as in the curious case of Lucy and Maria
Donna Aylmer jumped for joy when she found out that she was pregnant with twins but she did not believe her eyes when she finally saw her twin baby girls.
Although twins, the little baby girls were completely different!
One child, Lucy has straight ginger hair, a fair complexion and deep blue eyes. Maria has masses of curls, far darker skin and her eyes are a sparkling brown.
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 twins were born in January 1997 and although they did not resemble each other almost at all physically, they have always remained very attached to each other.
The fact that they had different skin tones prompted many questions when they were in school. Lucy, due to her very clear skin tone, was nicknamed “ghost” and all her classmates thought that she was adopted.
Maria, on the other hand, suffered because she wanted to look more like Lucy, and at night she cried because she wanted to have her sister’s red hair, and not her own dark curls.
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 inbetween.
Today they have grown up and are almost 20 years old and continue to be very different from each other. While Lucy is very reserved and passionate about art, Maria is more extrovert and loves fashion.
And although the twins represent two opposite extremes, they are very close and besides being sisters, they are also best friends.
Over time they have learned to love themselves and their differences – and now they both feel proud of who they are.