When Whitney Meyer and her boyfriend Tomas Dean, learned they were having twins, the couple knew their girls would be unique, but they never expected just how different they would be.
Meyer, who is white, and Dean, who is black, were excited to have beautiful daughters who were a mix of each of their races. Yet when the girls were finally born last April 23 in Quincy, Illinois, the new parents were stunned to see that their fraternal twins each took after one of them.
Kalani and Jarani do look related, but maybe more like cousins than twins. Kalani is fair just like her mom and Jarani has darker skin, just like Dad.
“Kalani was as white as can be. I was just in denial, because you know the odds of this?”, Meyer said in an interview with TODAY. “I would never think I would have a black and white twin. That’s why I asked if she was albino, because she was just so white.”
Dean told TODAY he too was completely shocked when his daughters were born. “I was like, ‘Yeah, she’s a little light,’ but I thought maybe babies are that way when they’re first born. But then a couple of minutes later, her sister came out a little darker,” said Dean. “In a million years, I never thought I’d have a girl with blue eyes. I didn’t think I could pull that one off!”
According to BBC, the chances of having children born with different complexions is one in 500 for interracial couples. Add the fact that the Dean girls are twins to the mix and those odds skyrocket to more like one in a million.
Meyer, who also has a 7-year-old caucasian son from a previous relationship, says people are surprised her daughters are twins everywhere she goes. Yet something unexpected happened when she recently shared photos of her “chromosome twins” on Facebook: their story instantly went viral, sparking unity and love across the globe.
“I hope that a lot of people can see that color really isn’t a big thing. What’s important is love,” Dean told TODAY. “Mysterious things can happen and life is a blessing.”
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[Featured Image: Whitney Meyer via Facebook]