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.
While their other siblings have a blend of features from their parents, Lucy and Maria are opposites: Lucy has fair skin and red hair, while Maria has caramel skin and dark hair, as reported by Wroops.
When biracial couples have fraternal twins, there is a chance the babies will come out with a few physical differences. But, there is about a 1 in 500 chance those twins will have different skin colors and look like extreme opposites.
Donna and Vince Aylmer were preparing to welcome only a fourth child when they found out that they'd be welcoming a fifth child too. Twins are always a big surprise but little did they know Donna's pregnancy had one more interesting surprise for them.
They were born from two different ovules and two different genetic sets. Their mother, Donna, also carries a mixture of genes of two races: white, and black. While Maria inherited the genetic code of dark skin, Lucy inherited that of the white one.
The fact that people with Afro-Carribean heritage often have strands of European DNA increases the chance of these individuals passing on a gene for light skin to their children.
Twins are sometimes known for switching identities and confusing friends, teachers and even boyfriends. But there was no way that Maria and Lucy could ever do anything like that when they were at school.
The 18-year-olds have three older siblings, George, 23, Chynna, 22, and Jordan, 21. Lucy said to Daily Mail: “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.”
The girls may be twins, but the quirky pair have different interests as well as different looks, with Maria studying law at Cheltenham College, and Lucy studying art and design at Gloucester College.