Nobody Believes These Biracial Twins Are Sisters (PARTICIPATION)


Maria and Lucy Aylmer

Nobody Believes These Biracial Twins Are Sisters

Maria and Lucy Aylmer, twins born to a black mother and a white father, are often thought to be friends instead of twins.

Posted: March 2 2015 3:16 PM

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.



  1. I find myself still in disbelief that these two women are in fact twins. This proves that we as people categorize and place others in groups that fit their looks.To say people in general are more comfortable sorting people by looks is an understatement. We seem to automatically and unthinkingly respond to grouping and generally accept stereotypes on people. If we can explain what we think we know about people its easier to put oneself in the rankings with them also. For example, some race groups are deemed smart while others not so much. By this ordering one finds a place within the competitive system we live in today. I think this is part of the reason why many might find this article surprising because most all will assume these twins are from different cultural, social, or ethnic groups due to their looks but in fact they are family. Now one doesn’t know how to sort or group them. It proves that people don’t have to have the same skin tone to be similar or in this case even twins.


  2. I think this says a lot of today’s society and how we hold our expectations of people. I can completely relate to the article because I myself am a Mexican who looks white. Both my parents are full Mexican and we all speak fluent Spanish yet I have blonde hair and blue eyes. But the minute people hear my last name they automatically ask me where I’m from and why I have a Mexican accent. But I also get judged by Mexicans as well. When i was 14 I went into a Mexican meat market and while in line I heard the two ladies behind me start judging me on my outfit and why I was in the meat market. I had to calmly turn around and inform them that I speak fluent Spanish and in shock they apologized. I truly believe the comments these girls receive are true as I have experienced them myself.


  3. I think that it would be difficult growing up with a twin of a different skin color. Think about all of the people who would call you a liar and question you about your family. I think lots of scientists would try to do blood work on the twins as well. When everyone is obsessed over skin color it would be difficult to look past your appearance and I hope these girls learned to tune out the negative comments and look at what a phenomenon their kinship is. I had no idea this could happen, as many others did as well. I think it is good to read stories like this to give me a better understanding of the world around me. I think it would be cool to be friends with these twins to see exactly how different their everyday life is from mine. I guess the take home message here is to never question ones ethnicity because you can look one way and be another. Hair texture and skin color are shown here to be very random assignments and shouldn’t be the only thing considered when you meet someone new.


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