Hannah Yarker, who is white, and Kyle Armstrong, who is of mixed black and white heritage, have twin daughters with different skin tones — Myla is darker while Anaya is fair. Their proud mom says she can’t walk through the grocery store without being stopped multiple times, and she’s constantly explaining that the girls are twins, and yes, they’re both her daughters.
When Anaya and Myla were born in April 2015, Yarker didn’t notice that they looked different. “At first, both the girls had a purple tone to their skin, but they looked darker so I assumed they’d both taken after Kyle,” the Manchester, England, native told the Sun on Feb. 8. “But after two weeks, it was clear Myla takes after her dad with dark skin, brown eyes and brunette locks, while Anaya is more of a mummy’s girl with a pale complexion, fair hair and light eyes.”
The couple didn’t know this outcome could happen. “Our friends joked: ‘What would you do if one came out dark and the other was fair?’” But the new mom said she laughed it off. “I replied, ‘I don’t think it’s very likely!’ Now our girls turn heads wherever they go — and it is not just because they are so cute. People always comment, ‘Are they both yours?’ ‘Are they sisters?’ ‘Are they related?’”
Yarker added, “As well as looking different, Anaya and Myla are already developing their own personalities. Myla is always on the move — she’s already crawling, although backwards, while Anaya’s more laid-back.”
Nonidentical twins like Anaya and Myla can inherit all sorts of varying physical traits because their genes come from separate eggs. Because Armstrong comes from a mixed background, he carries genes for both black and white skin — and the girls inherited different codes.
“Looks all depend on the way the genes are sorted,” Dr. Nancy Segal, an expert on twins and author of Born Together — Reared Apart told Yahoo Parenting in March. “A different set of genes were sent to each child. So they are perfectly normal fraternal twins.”
The BBC has reported that there is a one-in-500 chance of having nonidentical twins with different skin colors. “We couldn’t believe it,” said Yarker. “Kyle and I told all of our relatives and friends, ‘We’ve got one of each.’”
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