These Twin Sisters Actually Could Not Look Any More Different (Photos)


Genetic expression is one of the most fascinating processes of human biology.

Though you can often guess as to what a couple's offspring will look like, that's all it is -- a guess.

Though we know that genetic expression is, on the whole, a game of chance, we tend to assume things: Children will look like a mix of their parents, and siblings will look relatively similar to each other.

But that isn't always the case.

Take, for instance, the Aylmer sisters. Lucy has fair skin with freckles, red hair and blue eyes. And Maria? She's got gorgeous, abundant black curls, caramel skin and deep, brown eyes.

Oh, and they're biological twins -- amazing, right?

The girls' nearly opposite features can be traced back to their racially different parents. Their mother, Donna, is half-Jamaican while father Vince is white.

Lucy and Maria, 18, are the youngest of the Aylmer family, which also includes older brothers George, 23, and Jordan, 21, and sister Chynna, 22.

Lucy told the Daily Mail,

Having already had three similarly colored children, their mother was taken aback when Lucy and Maria were born.

She said,

Because of their nearly opposite appearances, Lucy explains,

As is common with twins, their personalities are quite different as well. Lucy, the self-described “shy one,”  studies art and design at Gloucester College, while outgoing Maria studies law at Cheltenham College.

Though there were once drawbacks -- Lucy laments that “there was no way” the pair could ever swap identities -- both love their unique sisterhood.

Lucy says,

And they should be: There is nothing quite as beautiful as the unexpected.

Check out some photos of the fraternal twins below.

The Aylmer family, with Maria on far left and Lucy on the far right.

Fraternal twins Lucy and Maria.

The pair as toddlers.

Seriously cute.

 Twin birthdays!

Maria has crazy curls and darker skin.

And Lucy has fair skin and straight (dyed) hair.

Citations: Aylmer twin sisters couldnt be more different due to quirk in mixed race parentage (Daily Mail)