Maria and Lucy Aylmer 

One twin is said to be white and the other black.

The set of biracial twins, born in the United Kingdom to a white father and black mother, often stun those who don’t know them because they look nothing alike and are often mistaken as just friends, the New York Post reports.

The girls have even had to produce their birth certificates in order to prove that they are related.

“No one ever believes we are twins because I am white and Maria is black,” Lucy Aylmer said, according to the site. “Even when we dress alike, we still don’t even look like sisters, let alone twins.”

Their appearances came as a shock for the family, including their mother, Donna Douglas.


“It was such a shock for her because obviously things like skin color don’t show up on scans before birth,” Lucy added. “So she had no idea that we were so different. When the midwife handed us both to her, she was just speechless.”

Lucy, a redhead, who can easily pass for white, is the near polar opposite of her twin, Maria, who has dark hair and a darker complexion.

“All our older brothers and sisters have a skin color which is in between Maria and I,” Lucy said. “We are at opposite ends of the spectrum and they are all somewhere in between.”


However, for Lucy, at least, their differences are no problem, and they never have to worry about being mistaken for each other, as different as they are.

“We were in the same class at infant school, but no one ever had a problem telling us apart,” she said. “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.”

Read more at the New York Post.