An adorable set of twins appear to be different races as one has dark skin and the other has light skin.
Makai and Ellion Crane, who are 13 months old, are fraternal twins born to mixed-race parents in Vermont, US.
Makai has dark skin, curly black hair and dark brown eyes, Ellion, who was born almost bald, now has almost blonde locks with white skin, and he initially had grey eyes.
Their parents, mother Leaetta Harris, 29, has white and Black heritage, while father Lamba Crane, 35, was born in Gabon to a Black African mother and a white American father.
‘They definitely look like two different race babies,’ says Leaetta.
‘People always ask if they are twins and then are shocked and confused when we say yes.
‘Some extended family have made joking comments asking if they really have the same dad, which they do.’
Leaetta says she has never seen twins looking different races when born to mixed-race parents and believes their sons are unique.
‘We think our kids are very rare,’ she says. ‘We are very proud to have created such different babies. We have never seen twins like the boys before, only online.’
The twins are dichorionic diamniotic (di/di) twins – which means they shared the womb but had their own placentas and sacs.
They were born via C-section, Makai first and then Ellion, just four minutes apart.
‘They are two totally different people with their own personalities,’ says Leaetta. ‘Makai is more outspoken and emotional while Ellion is more laid back and independent. They are learning French.’
The stay-at-home mom and her partner, who also has a son from a previous relationship, were astonished when she first saw the twins.
Leaetta adds: ‘Twins do not run in either family and they were conceived naturally.
‘We expected the babies to have the exact same skin colours as us, since we are both mixed.
‘Their dad had a moment of skepticism at first, wondering how it was even possible.’
The twins have become popular on social media where Leaetta regularly posts their pictures on Instagram. She says the aim is to show people that families come in many colours.
Leaetta says that both she and her partner have faced racism in their lives, and she expects her twin boys to face tough questions and comments about their skin colour. She wants to teach her sons about racism and prepare them to face any situation in future.
‘We absolutely have to teach the babies about racism in the world they live in,’ she says. ‘There’s just no need for racism – skin can be any colour and it should not matter.
‘Their father and I have both experienced racism and sadly know it is expected.
‘Since Lamba was born in Africa as a half white child he went through a lot of things that most children do not go through.
‘He experienced racism from both Africans and Caucasians, so it is extremely important to him that we teach the babies about the subject.’
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