These amazing siblings are thought to be the first ‘black and white’ twins born in the UK – despite coming from the same egg.
Mum Libby Appleby, 37, was told unborn babies would look so similar that would need to be “marked with ink” to tell them apart.
But she 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.
Despite their contrasting skin tones, the siblings are genetically identical and are thought to be first of their kind in the country.
Mum Libby Appleby, 37, said: “When they were born, we were flabbergasted, even the doctors couldn’t believe it.
“They look like they’re different races.
“Amelia is the spitting image of her dad, while Jasmine is a mini version of me.”
The mum, who lives in West Rainton, County Durham, says strangers assume the twins – who have just celebrated their first birthday – are step-sisters.
She added: “We get a lot of funny looks when we tell people the girls are actually identical.”
Libby and partner of three years, electrical engineer Tafadzwa Madzimbamuto, 40, found out she was pregnant in June 2014.
Three months later they were told it was twins and medics at University Durham Hospital warned they would be so identical they would be difficult to tell apart.
Libby said medics ‘gasped’ when they delivered the twins – who are monozygotic, meaning they were formed in the same embryo but developed in separate sacs.
She added: “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.”
A sample of Libby’s placenta confirmed the twins are 100 per cent genetically identical, despite them looking nothing alike.
She said: “I don’t blame strangers for thinking they aren’t sisters, because they do look nothing alike.
“The girls are just noticing the difference in their skin colour now, but they’re so wonderful and unique.
“Looking back, it’s funny that we were worried we’d never tell them apart.”