Sophia Blake and her partner Christopher were over the moon when they found out they were expecting a baby.
Christopher a retired sales manager is white, while Sophia, a marketing executive is black.
They expected that their baby girl would be a beautiful mixture of them both.
But were shocked when their daughter Tiara was born white with blue eyes.
Doctors say the chances of the now four-year-old being as white as her father are an incredible million to one.
Sophia says strangers don’t believe her daughter and her are even related.
Meanwhile Sophia 45, has a daughter Donchae, 17, from a previous relationship with a black man.
Donchae looks just like her mother.
‘I can’t walk down the road with Tiara without someone making a comment,’ says Sophia, who is from Selly Oak, Birmingham.
‘People simply don’t believe Tiara is my little girl because she looks so completely different.’
‘When she was very tiny I didn’t mind so much. But as Tiara has grown older it has become more of a problem.
‘Until I had Tiara I didn’t appreciate how much we all identify ourselves with being white or black – and the issue now is Tiara has a black family but looks white.’
‘Sometimes she says, ‘why don’t we look alike mummy?’ I explain she is mixed race but it is very confusing for her.’
Sophia who is estranged from her daughter’s father, believed she would give birth to a baby with dark skin and afro hair.
She says: ‘Black skin is usually dominant and my family, which hails from Jamaica, is very black. But at the very least I thought Tiara would be a mixture of Christopher and myself.’
‘I was so shocked when she was born I actually said to the midwife, “Is she mine?”
‘I simply couldn’t get over her being so pale and blue-eyed.’
‘Doctors explained it was a million to one chance that Tiara was so white and it was likely there was a white gene in my family which had remained dormant until now.’
‘I’ve read about white babies being born to black mums before,’ says Sophia. ‘But the child still has afro hair and features – which Tiara doesn’t. She has naturally long straighter hair.’
‘I do get tired of explaining she is my daughter. ‘
‘But even doctors and teachers seem confused. For example when I recently visited our doctor’s surgery the GP wanted to check if I was Tiara’s social worker or guardian.’
‘When I told him sternly that I was Tiara’s mother, he was incredibly embarrassed and apologised profusely but it happens all the time.’
A recent obstacle was when Tiara started school. ‘When Tiara ran out of class and shouted “mom” to me I knew what those mothers who don’t know me were thinking – that Tiara must be adopted.’
‘And the situation is even more pronounced when I go out with my mother, other daughter Donchae and Tiara because the fact we are all dark emphasises how white she is.’
Despite their physical differences, Sophia says she and Tiara are ‘peas in a pod’ when it comes to personality.
‘We are both extrovert, independent with a quirky sense of humour. And once people get to know us well they say we are very alike!’
She adds: ‘And maybe as her mum I’m biased but I do think she is so beautiful and I am just so proud.’