White and black unidentical twins born 21 years ago give details on what they have been through due to their different skin colors White and black unidentical twins born 21 years ago give details on what they have been through due to their different skin colors
When pregnant Donna Douglas and her husband Vince Aylmer went for a scan in 1996, they discovered that they were expecting twin girl. The... White and black unidentical twins born 21 years ago give details on what they have been through due to their different skin colors

When pregnant Donna Douglas and her husband Vince Aylmer went for a scan in 1996, they discovered that they were expecting twin girl. The expectant parents who already had three children were excited, but despite all the preparations they’d make to welcome two new additions to the family, nothing could have prepared them for the shock they received in the delivery room.

Maria and Lucy Aylmer were born on January 16, 1997, in Gloucester, England. They have the same mom and dad and are, in fact, twins. However, their mom was shocked when the twins were handed to her in the delivery room. The twins looked nothing alike!

Throughout the girls’ young lives, their mom would dress them in identical outfits. Nonetheless, it did nothing to conceal the difference in their appearances; the two girls didn’t look like sisters, not to talk of twins. In fact, while they were growing up, the girls struggled to convince people that they were even sisters.

“No one ever believes we’re twins,” Lucy said. “Even when we dress alike, we still don’t look like sisters, let alone twins. Friends have even made us produce our birth certificates to prove it.”

“We were in the same class, but no one had a problem telling us apart. Twins are known for swapping identities, but there was no way Maria and I could ever do anything like that.”

The girls’ mom, Donna Douglas, a 49-year-old warehouse worker, is mixed race with white and Jamaican heritage. While their dad, Vince Aylmer, a 55-year-old scaffolder, is white.

As non-identical twins, Lucy and Maria were born from separate eggs, so they didn’t necessarily inherit the same genes.

The twins’ older brothers, George, 25, and Jordan, 23, and their older sister Chynna, 24, all have a light-brown skin tone. Maria and Lucy, however, bookend their siblings: Lucy has a very fair complexion; Maria’s skin is a darker tone.

As Lucy explained, “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. But my grandmother has a very fair English rose complexion, just like mine.”

Maria often envied Lucy’s straight hair. As she admitted to Inside Edition, “I used to cry about it. I hated my curly hair.”

For Lucy, things hit a low point when she was bullied at school. “They thought I was adopted and called me a ghost,” she recalled tearfully.

The girls’ differences don’t end with their skin color, either. For instance, Lucy has blue eyes, while Maria’s are brown. Lucy is also a red-head and prefers to straighten her natural curls, and Maria’s hair, by contrast, is a mass of thick black curls.

Their differences, however, did take a toll on the young twins. By the time they turned ten, they told their paents they no longer wanted to dress alike. Lucy even admitted that she didn’t feel like a twin. “We don’t look alike. So why should we have to wear the exact same thing?” she said.

While they were never at war, it seems that their individuality inevitably created a distance between the twins. It’s a gap that Lucy feels could have been bridged had they looked more alike.

“I think if we’d looked similar or even identical, then the bond between us would have been stronger when we were younger,” Lucy told Yahoo Style in 2015. “But Maria and I had such different personalities, too. She was the outgoing twin whilst I was the shy one.”

With age, though, the twins have grown much closer. Lucy told Yahoo Style, “Now we have grown older, even though we still look so different, the bond between us is much stronger.” They even consider themselves best friends.



Source: Inside Edition

Henry Okafor

  • R. S.

    2017-08-26 #1 Author

    You all are beautiful. Stay strong in who you are. Keep your sister close. Keep loving! You two balance each other out. God made you both as beautiful as can be! Together! 💕


    • Ariel Keyes

      2017-08-27 #2 Author

      Amazing ladies ! Don’t let them make you feel unpretty !


  • Jenifer

    2017-08-26 #3 Author

    I like twins ♡♡♡


  • Renaee crawford

    2017-08-26 #4 Author

    They so pretty I wish I woulda had twin it’s woulda been just fine then


  • Tanisha

    2017-08-26 #5 Author

    They’re Beautiful Twins Girls


  • Shai

    2017-08-26 #7 Author

    Wow this is so fascinating 😢😳😱. I never heard of such until reading this article. This is a super unique story💯.


  • Danielle Jones

    2017-08-26 #8 Author

    Beautiful & Unique ❤️


  • Jade

    2017-08-26 #9 Author

    Both are just beautiful as ever !


  • Ashley

    2017-08-26 #10 Author

    They make a grate team , born in different eggs no matter what there’s still TWIN sisters & best friends


  • Faustina

    2017-08-26 #11 Author

    That is amazing & beautiful ! Though i can only imagine how lucy felt growing up looking completely different from her family but im so happy they are close and such a beautiful family ♥️


  • Demorris n Keasia

    2017-08-26 #12 Author

    Omg I find this amazing how one kid came out mixed looking but the other twin came out more o
    Lighter with red hair😘😍😍😍😍beautiful


  • Shantelle Monique

    2017-08-26 #13 Author

    You can they are twins if yhu thru the colors


  • Jada Smalls

    2017-08-26 #14 Author

    This is beautiful and different. I love it 😍😍


  • Lexxus

    2017-08-26 #15 Author

    This is so amazing !


  • Shantavia

    2017-08-26 #16 Author

    Science is so amazing and mysterious! Their parents should have done more to help them embrace each other and their differences growing up because it’s actually an amazing thing. Glad their close now.


  • Patrice

    2017-08-26 #17 Author

    Wow , beautiful 😍


  • Antonio

    2017-08-26 #18 Author

    I think that this is so unique, this real shows that skin tone has both to do with nothing


  • Brischelle

    2017-08-26 #19 Author

    They’re absolutely gorgeous! God made no mistake when he created you both!


    • Angela

      2017-09-08 #20 Author

      Yes I agree beautiful


  • Nette Waa

    2017-08-26 #21 Author

    Love this , I hope the best for you two girls. May God continue to bless you


  • Brooke

    2017-08-26 #22 Author

    So cool and sweet❤


  • anaudi

    2017-08-27 #23 Author

    Wow, I found this so amazing and very interesting‼️


  • Tommi

    2017-08-27 #24 Author

    So cute, they are both beautifuĺ


  • Alexa

    2017-08-27 #25 Author

    Such a unique story very inspiring that both of you were strong enough that you didn’t let people judgement define you as a whole.


  • Ka’Shauna Watts

    2017-08-27 #26 Author

    Wow!! This story is very different and unique in way!


  • Haley

    2017-08-27 #27 Author



  • Martine

    2017-08-27 #28 Author

    Wow, God is so good. They’re so beautiful!


  • Angela Swanagan

    2017-08-27 #29 Author

    Those girls are so beautiful I would’ve loved to have a twin


  • Kenita

    2017-08-27 #30 Author

    They’re so pretty


  • Isaac Boansi-Nimako

    2017-08-27 #31 Author

    “Different colours, one people.” That’s what makes nature beautiful


  • Alexis Martin

    2017-08-28 #32 Author

    This is amazing 😍☺️


  • Henriett Bogdan

    2017-08-28 #33 Author

    Amazing!!! 😍 So pretty and cute all of them 😊


  • Kelly

    2017-08-28 #34 Author

    Black or White we are all the Same don’t let What People say get to you guys beautiful family


  • Cece

    2017-08-28 #35 Author

    Such a beautiful and amazing story glad they were able to get close


  • Shawnie

    2017-08-28 #36 Author

    I love twins that have no similarities . It’s rare and amazing if you ask me 😍😍 I prayed for twins but little did I know my daughter would be enough lol


  • Monee monee

    2017-08-29 #37 Author

    Wow! Interesting, that’s crazy how you they are twins but look nothing alike


  • Jhane

    2017-08-29 #38 Author

    Its not about the color of the skin its all about your true sisters both pretty ❤️


  • Domeyae Jones

    2017-08-29 #39 Author

    They are Beautiful!


  • Sara

    2017-08-29 #40 Author

    Beautiful Just beautiful kids are really a gift from god


  • tanishia fulp

    2017-08-29 #41 Author

    They are still beautiful no matter the color they are beautiful twins


  • Samantha

    2017-08-29 #42 Author

    Love this story! Very touching!


  • Heather Johnson

    2017-08-29 #43 Author

    I love this. This is so different its amazing how out body’s do stuff. And Its not about color .


  • Zuleyka Meléndez

    2017-08-30 #44 Author

    Beautiful twins


  • LaTonya Anderson

    2017-08-31 #45 Author

    Amazing! I love it


  • garianna

    2017-08-31 #46 Author

    something different tht yu don’t see everyday



    2017-08-31 #47 Author

    Wow that’s true beauty and the beauty in genetics I love this🖤🖤🖤


  • Marie

    2017-08-31 #48 Author

    That’s amazing very rare but it’s awsome how genetics work


  • Joy

    2017-08-31 #49 Author

    Wow, it’s amazing. I wish I will have my twins too…


  • Joy

    2017-08-31 #50 Author

    Wow that’s amazing i wish I can have twins also.


  • Ram LoreNiice

    2017-08-31 #51 Author

    I have 2 friends they has twins, 1st they both have curly hair bath one is white and the other is black 2nd one white the other black really black and both has Afro hair.


  • Shateema edmond

    2017-08-31 #52 Author

    God bless very beautiful twins ❤️❤️


  • Hope jenny

    2017-09-01 #53 Author

    Awwww they are so adorable 😘😘😘


  • maridenn freya elida mojica

    2017-09-01 #54 Author

    They are both beautiful


  • Takelia

    2017-09-01 #55 Author

    I love this so cool god is amazing


    • Crystal

      2017-09-09 #56 Author

      These girls are gorgeous! It’s amazing what God creates 😍


  • Miracle

    2017-09-01 #57 Author

    They are lovely the skin difference makes it all amazing😘😘


  • Iris Rice

    2017-09-01 #58 Author

    Beautiful story…. as a parent of fraternal twins that look totally different I understand. The questions are sometime never ending.


  • Me

    2017-09-01 #59 Author

    So amazing and interesting 🌸


  • Gemajeah M. Soriano

    2017-09-02 #60 Author

    Amazing twin! <3 Color doesnt matter 😘


  • Karina

    2017-09-02 #61 Author

    You Guys Are The Most Beautiful Twins I Ever Saw & Share An Amazing Bond Hopefully I Have Twins Like You One Day You Inspire Me


  • Carla

    2017-09-02 #62 Author

    Forever twins no matter what ❤️❤️❤️❤️


  • Jkara

    2017-09-04 #63 Author

    So sad that we get treated based om the color of our skin.


  • Dayshia

    2017-09-04 #64 Author

    skin color doesn’t matter & they shouldn’t have to explain it to no one! very wonderful story 💕


  • Odi Bensiy

    2017-09-04 #65 Author

    Both beautiful ❤️


  • Ashley Hubbard

    2017-09-04 #66 Author

    This is amazing ! I have Fraternal Twins Boys who is also Biracial they have two totally different skin complexions but sort of starting to favor eachother alot as they grow older. They where born on Christmas of 2016 and are 8 months now.


  • Tamara

    2017-09-06 #67 Author

    😍😍😍😍 omggggggg they are beautiful


  • meann

    2017-09-06 #68 Author

    amazingly beautiful <3


  • Keaira

    2017-09-07 #69 Author

    I love this !! 😻 They’re so pretty


  • Jackie

    2017-09-07 #70 Author

    Beautiful inside and outside


  • Christy Dumapig

    2017-09-08 #71 Author

    Wowwww!! So beautiful… 😍😍😍😍


  • Brittney

    2017-09-08 #72 Author

    I love this! God is so amazing. 😍😍😍


  • zacksnack

    2017-09-08 #73 Author

    i think that is something so beautiful i’ve never seen anything like it 😍😍😍


  • Mherrz Stone

    2017-09-08 #74 Author

    God bless your family & love each other more💗


  • Que Fane

    2017-09-09 #75 Author

    This is so dope. I didn’t know this was even possible.


  • Porsha

    2017-09-12 #76 Author

    They are gorgeous


  • Yvette

    2017-09-12 #77 Author

    This is unique and so different but they are still beautiful.


  • Shelby Jones

    2017-09-12 #78 Author

    I didn’t even know this was possible until I heard about these twins! It’s actually super cool how genetics works! They’re both beautiful.


  • Mery Cris Endaya

    2017-09-14 #79 Author

    Wow. What a wonderful story and a beautiful twins. 😍


  • Mery Cris Endaya

    2017-09-14 #80 Author

    Wow. What a wonderful story and a beautiful twins. 😍 very unique.


  • Melissa hicks

    2017-09-15 #81 Author

    So beautiful. Perfect. I think they look alike


  • amilie nyadzayo

    2017-09-15 #82 Author

    you are amazing ladies


  • Carol

    2017-09-15 #83 Author

    I love this sooo much


  • Dickson

    2017-09-16 #84 Author

    Good website, cute children



    2017-09-16 #85 Author

    Wow, they are awesome. I love twins


  • Vanrssa

    2017-09-16 #86 Author

    I love this story so cute beaitiful young ladies


  • Gina Johnson

    2017-09-17 #87 Author

    Wow..both so beautiful.Keep loving each other😘❤


  • Iesha

    2017-09-18 #88 Author

    Their not different but beautiful and unique


  • Kay Faith

    2017-09-19 #89 Author

    Beautiful Girls


  • Donise Brown

    2017-09-19 #90 Author

    That wole family is gorgeous!!!😍😍😍😍


  • Tashell

    2017-09-19 #91 Author

    They are both so beautiful no matter what color they’re skin is 🙏🏽❤️


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