When Donna Aylmer learned she was pregnant with twins, she was very excited at the thought of getting double the blessing. After delivery, she was shocked when she looked at her newborns’ faces, her girls had different skin colors. Lucy was fair skinned, with red hair and had light blue eyes. Maria, on the other hand had dark skin, brown eyes and curly hair.
So the question most people would ask, how could they be twins? Everyone in the family was very shocked when they saw the difference between the sisters, but the scientific explanation is very simple. Donna is half Jamaican and half British while the father of the twins is British. Lucy and Mary are twins, which means that two different eggs were fertilized by different sperm.
Genetically speaking, the girls’ mom, Donna, has genes with light and dark characteristics, which resulted in a twin with light skin and a dark one.
Unfortunately, the color difference caused some intimidation during their childhood, especially for Lucy. She says, “They thought I was adopted and they called me a ghost.” Maria, on the other hand wanted to be more like Lucy during her childhood. “I used to cry a lot, i had curly hair, I wanted my sister’s beautiful red hair,” she says.
Now, the twins are still very different in some aspects. Maria loves fashion and is more extroverted, while Lucy is more reserved and likes art. But, although they are very opposite physically and psychologically, they have a very close relationship. They are best friends and have learned to love their differences with pride.
“If I have kids someday, they might look like Lucy,” Maria says proudly. Although they are very different and don’t dress in the same way, they share the same gorgeous smile. Don’t forget to share the story of Maria and Lucy, they’re a good reminder that we should never judge appearances.