These two beautiful girls are sisters.
However one has straight ginger hair, a fair complexion and deep blue eyes.
The other has gorgeous curls, darker skin and sparkling brown eyes.
You would be forgiven for assuming these two are just good friends. But amazingly, the pair are more than sisters – they’re twins.
The girls were born with radically different looks thanks to a trait from their mixed-race parentage.
Lucy and Maria Aylmer’s mother Donna is half Jamaican and their father Vince is white.
Together they managed to produce one white twin and one black twin.
When the girls were born in January 1997, mom Maria was astonished when she first saw her babies.
Fair-haired Lucy, who lives with her family in Gloucester, said: ‘It was such a shock for her because things like skin colour 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.’
The 18-year-olds have three older siblings, George, 23, Chynna, 22, and Jordan, 21.
Lucy said: ‘Our brothers and sisters have skin which is inbetween Maria and I. We are at opposite ends of the spectrum and they are all somewhere inbetween.’
‘But my grandmother has a very fair English rose complexion, just like mine.’
She added: ‘No one ever believes we are twins. Even when we dress alike, we still don’t look like sisters, let alone twins. Friends have even made us produce our birth certificates to prove it.’
Lucy said: ‘We were in the same class, but no one had a problem telling us apart. Twins are known for swapping identities. But there was no way Maria and I could ever do anything like that.’
‘Most twins look like two peas in a pod – but we couldn’t look more different if we tried. We don’t look like we have the same parents, let alone having been born at the same time.’
The twins’ interests are just different as their stunning looks.
Lucy studies art and design at Gloucester College whilst Maria studies law at Cheltenham College.
Lucy explained: ‘Maria was outgoing whilst I was the shy one. But Maria loves telling people at college that she has a white twin – and I’m very proud of having a black twin.’