You Probably Can’t Tell, But These Women Are Twins
At first glance, you could look at Lucy and Maria and think they were just two friends. But in reality, they are 18-year-old twins and one of the very, very few mixed-race twins out there.
In an interview with ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Lucy and Maria Alymer from Gloucester, U.K. shared their story. They are the daughters of a white father and Jamaican mother, and through a surprising genetic twist (there is about a 1 in 500 chance of something like this happening), the girls have completely different skin colors and features. They have three other siblings, all who look very similar: George, 23, Chynna, 22, and Jordan, 21. And while they embrace their unique circumstances, they do admit that growing up, things were tough.
Lucy, the redhead who has naturally curly hair but keeps it straight, says their classmates gave them a hard time.
“My classmates used to ask if I was adopted because my siblings are all quite dark. It was pretty hard, it went on in secondary school and it wasn’t very nice.”
And to this day, Maria says it took her friends a long time to believe that Lucy is her blood relative. And for the twins, they didn’t realize they were different until other people made a big deal about it.
“It is what it is. We never even picked up on it until friends started talking about it at school.
Our friends do believe us now because we make a big fuss. We’ve got birth certificates. Lucy even had a picture of hers on her Facebook [profile].”
The women have since embraced their unique situation and Lucy says that it has made them much closer.
“Now we have grown older, even though we still look so different, the bond between us is much stronger. 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.”