Lucy and Maria Aylmer are twins, but most people who meet them just don’t believe it, perhaps because Lucy is white and Maria is black.
Their mother, Donna, is half-Jamaican, while their father, Vince, is white. And while Maria and Lucy have three older siblings who fall across the “spectrum” of their multiracial family, their mother was still shocked when she saw her newborn twins.
“It was such a shock for her because obviously things like skin color don’t show up on scans before birth. So she had no idea that we were so different. When the midwife handed us both to her she was just speechless,” said Lucy.
Lucy said their friends had a hard time believing the two girls were even related. “No-one ever believes we are twins because I am white and Maria is black,” she said. “Even when we dress alike, we still don’t even look like sisters, let alone twins. When we’ve met friends for the first time they never believe we are twins and they have even made us produce our birth certificates to prove that we are actually twins.”
The two 18-year-old sisters are now studying at different colleges. Maria is studying law at Cheltenham College, while Lucy is studying art and design at Gloucester College. But despite the distance, Lucy says they are still very close. “We are proud of the fact that we are each other’s twin sister. Maria loves telling people at college that she has a white twin — and I’m very proud of having a black twin,” she added.