Fraternal Twins, Different Skin Colors: Meet the Viral Babies

Sister, Sister.
ByKelly Corbett
Jan 2017
Twin girls with different skin tones lay next to each other
Photo: Facebook

Alright Bumpies, we have a question for you: When was the last time you laid eyes on a pair of twins with different skin colors? Probably never, right?

One Illinois mom already knew her babies would be different, as she was expecting fraternal twins. But she never thought they would have different skin tones.

Meet twins Kalani and Jarani Dean. Kalani, who takes after her mom, has light skin and blue eyes, while Jarani, who takes after her dad, has dark skin and brown eyes. Kalani was delivered first, followed by Jarani, last April. They were born to Whitney Meyer, who is white, and Thomas Dean, who is black.

Meyer says she instantly fell in love with Kalani and Jarani’s differences. While the hospital couldn’t believe it at first, and assumed Kalani would develop a darker tone later, Meyer loved her unique girls from the start. “In our household, we were taught that all is equal and love is love,” she tells The Bump.

In November, Meyer posted a photo of her two-toned toddlers donning some cozy fall attire on Facebook and put this rarity on the map. The post garnered almost 4,000 likes and 300 shares.

While this doesn’t typically occur, it’s not impossible. There is a 1 in 500 chance that biracial couples expecting twins will have babies with different skin tones, reports the BBC. And while Kalani and Jarani are not your typical fraternal twins, they are still considered dizygotic, which means they started out as two separate fertilized eggs, as opposed to just one.

Besides having different complexions, Meyer notes another difference between the girls: “Kalani has more energy and Jarani is laid-back.”

Our takeaway: Not all twins bear a resemblance to one another. And their differences can sure be beautiful.

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