New parents Tracey-Ann and Andrew Balasco will have no trouble distinguishing their infant twins since one is black and the other is white. His Jamaican mother gave Orlando his mop of black curls and large brown eyes, but his sister Natalia has blue eyes and wispy blonde hair. When they were born three months ago, Andrew, 28, claimed they caused quite a commotion at the hospital. ‘Orlando was really black and had a lot of dark hair when he first came out. Then Natalia showed up, and she was so fair that her eyelashes were hardly visible,’ he told the Daily Mirror.
Although there have been a few publicized examples in recent years, the chances of twins having such diverse skin tones are a million to one. In Lichtenberg, a black Ghanaian mother and white German father have recently given birth to their own dark and light-skinned twins. Non-identical twins are like siblings who happened to be born at the same moment because two eggs are fᴇʀᴛɪʟɪᴢᴇᴅ by two different sᴘᴇʀᴍ. As a result, their father and mother might pass down distinct skin-color genes to them. According to their mother Tracey-Ann, the gap between Orlando and Natalia has grown since their birth.
‘Orlando is considerably darker, and Natalia has no resemblance to me,’ she explained. ‘However, being individuals will be simpler for them.’ Her mixed family, she feels, is responsible for her children’s coloring. Her father was half West Indian, and her mother’s side had a white great-great-grandfather. Andrew, a half-Italian IT technician from Bristol, is her spouse. He alluded to their origins by saying, ‘They’re not simply one of each, black and white.’ ‘They’re half Jamaican, a quarter English, and a quarter Italian,’ says the narrator.