The world can’t seem to believe that Maria and Lucy Alymer are not only sisters biologically, but were born fraternal wins! Since being published in The Daily Mail, pictures of the twins have gone viral, sparking a discussion on race. Although we’re not surprised that biracial twins can be born with different amounts of melanin in their skin, others are shocked to discover that we’re (read: Black people) not always what we appear to be culturally or ethnically.
The physical differences of the Alymer sisters is fascinating and rare. Even their parents, mother Donna (half-Jamaican) and father Vince (Caucasian) couldn’t believe what the midwife delivered to them in January 1997. Lucy recalls what their mother remembered the first time she saw them, “‘It was such a shock for her because things like skin color don’t show up on scans before birth. She had no idea that we were so different. When the midwife handed us both to her she was just speechless.”
If you refer to the family photos of the Gloucester, England natives, Maria looks physically closer to her other sister Chynna and two brothers Jordan and George, as they all had brown sugar-colored hair, matching eyes and tan(ner) skin. Lucy was the anomaly, born with pale skin, strawberry blond hair and blue-ish eyes. But the twins were as close as sisters could be, and we can see that in their beautiful childhood photos.
In America, seeing families of different shades are quite visible, but television has had its fun with family blending. On That ’70s Show, the character Steven (Danny Masterson) had a Black dad, played by actor Tim Reid. And his sister on the show, Angie (Megalyn Echikunwoke) was Black. hey may not be twins, but this does indeed happen.
We think the twins are super cute!