n 1996, Donna and Vince Aylmer had the surprise of the lives when they found out that they weren’t just expecting their fourth child, they were going to be welcoming a fifth one too.
On January 16, 1997, the couple welcomed twin girls, Lucy and Maria, into the family. Although, they knew early on that the twins were fraternal, they did not expect them to look so significantly different from one another.
Maria was born black with tight curls and brown eyes like her half-Jamaican mother, while Lucy’s fair skin and light eyes matched her dad’s, who is Caucasian.
As expected, Donna and Vince were in shock when they were handed their daughters.
“It was such a shock for her because obviously things like skin color don’t show up on scans before birth,” Lucy explained in a recent interview. “So she had no idea that we were so different. When the midwife handed us both to her, she was just speechless.”
The twins have other siblings, including two older brothers, and an older sister, but all of them bear light-brown complexions that reflect their mixed race genes.
“Our brothers and sisters have skin which is in between Maria and I,” said Lucy to Daily Mail, “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.”
Over the years, Donna and Vince got divorced, but they continued to co-parent the twins and their siblings. Donna would often dress the girls in matching outfits, which confused people because although they were sisters, they looked nothing alike.