Meet Britain’s First ‘Black And White’ Identical Twins

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I bet you’ve heard of the new trend of twins representing the different races of their parents. It has become somewhat common place and is becoming a normal thing. But to see identical twins of different races is an absolutely new one.

Here are Amelia and Jasmine Appleby who are thought to be the first ‘black and white’ identical twins born in the UK. The twins were reportedly formed in the same embryo but in different sacs. Amelia Appleby was born with dark skin, black hair and brown eyes, while her sister Jasmine emerged with fair skin, blue eyes and mousey curls.

The twins who have just celebrated their first birthday, are thought to be the first ‘black and white’ genetically identical twins born in the UK. Though from the same father and mother, the twins are often mistaken as step sisters. Their mother Libby Appleby reveals how she was warned that her babies would be almost impossible to tell apart ahead of their birth.

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Their 37-year-old mother said that before they were born, medics had said that they would look so identical that they would need to be differentiated with an ink mark. But to their greatest surprise, they were of different colours when they were born.

“When they were born, we were flabbergasted, even the doctors couldn’t believe it.

They look like they’re different races,” said Appleby who recently celebrated the twins’ first birthday .



Libby ho loves with her partner Tafadzwa Madzimbamuto continued that strangers always mistook the girls for step sisters when they were out with them. Despite strangers often assuming the twins are step sisters, a sample of Appleby’s placenta confirmed that they are genetically identical.

The Twins With Their Parents
The Identical Twins With Their Parents

Obvious enough, Amelia, the dark-skinned twin has a resemblance of her father, while Jasmine the light-skinned twin looks like her mother.

“They look like they’re different races. Amelia is the spitting image of her dad, while Jasmine is a mini version of me. I don’t blame strangers for thinking they aren’t sisters, because they do look nothing alike,” she added.

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The couple had found out they were pregnant in June 2014, they however found out they were going to have twins three months into the pregnancy.

Their mother said medics ‘gasped’ when they delivered the twins – who are monozygotic, meaning they were formed in the same embryo but developed in separate sacs.