Biracial twins, Maria and Lucy
Maria and Lucy Aylmer are a set of biracial twins in the UK who are turning heads wherever they go because one is black and the other is white. The twins are often mistaken for friends instead of sisters because of their skin tones. Born in 1997 to a white father and a half-Jamaican mother, the sisters have grown accustomed to getting mistaken for being just friends, and they have even had to produce their birth certificates to prove they are related.
“No one ever believes we are twins because I am white and Maria is black,” Lucy explained. “Even when we dress alike, we still don’t even look like sisters, let alone twins.” After giving birth naturally, the twins’ mother, Donna Douglas, did a double-take as she looked at her daughters for the very first time. And when it comes to the girls’ personalities, they are nearly as different as their looks.
“It was such a shock for her because obviously things like skin colour don’t show up on scans before birth,” Lucy said. “So she had no idea that we were so different. When the midwife handed us both to her, she was just speechless.” Lucy, who has red hair and a very fair complexion, studies art and design at Gloucester College. “No one ever believes we are twins because I am white and Maria is black,” says Lucy.
Maria, who has brown hair with a caramel skin complexion, study law and psychology at Cheltenham College. They also have three siblings, who all have mixed skin colour. “All our older brothers and sisters have a skin colour which is in between Maria and I,” Lucy said. “We are at opposite ends of the spectrum and they are all somewhere in between.” One of the great things about having a twin who looks different is that people don’t mistake you.