But Libby was stunned when Amelia was born with dark skin, black hair and brown eyes, while her sister Jasmine has fair skin, blue eyes and mousey curls.
Amazingly, the siblings are genetically identical despite contrasting skin tones, and are believed to be first of their kind in the country.
Mum Libby Appleby, 37, from West Rainton, County Durham, said: ‘When they were born, we were flabbergasted, even the doctors couldn’t believe it. ‘They look like they’re different races.
They are adorable and amazing twins!
Only three months later they were told that Libby was expecting identical twins, and it would be tough to tell them apart. Describing the moment that she first saw the new-borns, Libby said: ‘We put them next to each other in a cot and couldn’t believe how different they were.
Amelia was so much darker than Jasmine, they barely even looked related. ‘Doctors told us the chances of conceiving mixed race twins are one in a million. ‘We were thrilled they were so unique.’
The identical pair are monozygotic, meaning they were formed in the same embryo but developed in separate sacs. Libby added: ‘I don’t blame strangers for thinking they aren’t sisters, because they do look nothing alike.
- Michael Jackson’s Children May Lose Their £900m Inheritance
- China’s richest man Jack Ma advices Parents on how to groom children
- An Indian Man Has 39 Wives, 94 Children And 33 Grandchildren All Living In The Same House
Please use the button below to contribute to Newslex Point, Inc. using a credit card or via PayPal.