When it comes to twins, family and friends are often faced with the task of being able to tell the tots apart. But for Maria and Lucy Aylmer, that's never been an issue. The UK sisters not only have distinctly separate features — they're also biracial! According to the New York Post, the sisters were born in January 1997 to a white father and a half-Jamaican mother.
When the twins were born, their parents were in shock. According to Lucy, "Things like skin color don't show up on scans before birth. So she had no idea that we were so different. When the midwife handed us both to her, she was just speechless."
The shock hasn't worn off as they tell new friends about their twin. "No one ever believes we are twins, because I am white and Maria is black," Lucy said. "Even when we dress alike, we still don't even look like sisters, let alone twins."
The sisters' personalities reflect the differences in their looks, too: Maria studies law and psychology at Cheltenham College, while Lucy studies art and design at Gloucester College. They say they enjoy the differences in their looks because no one at school ever has a problem telling them 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," Lucy said.
The twins, whose parents separated after they were born, have three older siblings, George, 23, Chynna, 22, and Jordan, 21, whose skin colors lay between their sisters.' "Our brothers and sisters have skin which is in between Maria and I. We are at opposite ends of the spectrum, and they are all somewhere in between," Lucy said.
This unique and beautiful family story is definitely one of the coolest twins dynamics we've ever heard! Read on to see pictures of the girls through the years.