Whitney Meyer and Tomas Dean obviously could not believe it when they saw that their two little girls were born with two different skin colors. Kalani and Jarani Dean, fraternal twins from Illinois, are born with a biological rarity; one was white, and the other was mixed. Whitney is white while her partner, Tomas, is black. “At first when they were born, I wanted to believe it but it’s so rare I didn’t think it’d happen to my twins!” Meyer told CNN affiliate KHQA. “But sure enough they’re biracial twins!”
Every set of fraternal twins are fertilized by two different sperm and can make them distinct in other ways. The nine-month-old girls are very happy spirited with Jarani, the darker skinned sister, already crawling while Kalani, the light skinned sister, has more interest in eating.
In 2015, a set of twins went viral after people constantly confused them as friends. Lucy and Maria Aylmer were born in 1997 to a white father and a half-Jamaican mother. “No one ever believes we are twins because I am white and Maria is black,” Lucy explained to the New York Post. “Even when we dress alike, we still don’t even look like sisters, let alone twins.” Just like the Meyer sisters, their personalities are very different. Lucy, who is a redhead with a fair complexion, studies art and design at Gloucester College. Maria, who has dark and curly hair with a caramel complexion, studies law and psychology at Cheltenham College.
These are just two pairs of the many sets of biological twins who look nothing alike. Jim Wilson, a geneticist, told the BBC that “with mixed-race couples in Britain who are expecting twins, there is about a one in five-hundred chance that their babies will be born with different colored skins.” They are proud of their unique genetics and add to how unique this world is.