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What the twins from the United States, who were born with different skin colors, look like today. Photo of 7-year-old Kalani and Jarani

Twins Kalani and Jarani were born with different skin colors

In 2016, two unique twin girls were born in Queens, Illinois, USA. They were unique because they looked nothing alike. Kalani Dean was born with fair skin like her mother Whitney, and Jarani Dean inherited dark skin color from her African-American father Thomas. The birth of twins with different skin colors in interracial couples occurs once in 500 cases.

The girls are currently 7 years old. And, having analyzed their joint photos on Instagram, we can conclude that with age they have become more similar to each other - Kalani has become darker than she was at birth. OBOZ.UA decided to show how the twins have changed and tell you what is known about them.

What the twins from the United States, who were born with different skin colors, look like today. Photo of 7-year-old Kalani and Jarani
What the twins from the United States, who were born with different skin colors, look like today. Photo of 7-year-old Kalani and Jarani

When the girls were first born, their parents were naturally quite frightened. Later, they were told that such cases, though very, very rare, do happen. Over time, the twins' mother realized that her children could become a symbol against racism and a reminder of the need to love everyone equally.

What the twins from the United States, who were born with different skin colors, look like today. Photo of 7-year-old Kalani and Jarani
What the twins from the United States, who were born with different skin colors, look like today. Photo of 7-year-old Kalani and Jarani

"Kalani was as white as it gets. I just denied it because, you know, what are the odds of that? I would never have thought that I would have a black and white twin. When I saw her, I asked her if she was albino," Whitney once shared in an interview with TODAY.

What the twins from the United States, who were born with different skin colors, look like today. Photo of 7-year-old Kalani and Jarani
What the twins from the United States, who were born with different skin colors, look like today. Photo of 7-year-old Kalani and Jarani

The twins' father also spoke about his experience. He recalled that Kalani was born first, a girl with white skin. This, of course, was very confusing for the black father. But when he saw his second daughter, he had even more questions.

What the twins from the United States, who were born with different skin colors, look like today. Photo of 7-year-old Kalani and Jarani

"I thought: "Yeah, she's a little light," but I thought maybe babies are like that when they're first born. But after a couple of minutes, her sister came out a little darker. In my life, I would never have thought that I would have a girl with blue eyes. I didn't think I would be able to do it! I hope that many people will see that color doesn't really matter. The main thing is love. Mysterious things can happen, and life is a blessing," said Thomas.

What the twins from the United States, who were born with different skin colors, look like today. Photo of 7-year-old Kalani and Jarani

Even now, the girls really don't look much like twins, but they do have something in common. For the most part, they wear the same clothes and have the same hairstyles - African braids.

What the twins from the United States, who were born with different skin colors, look like today. Photo of 7-year-old Kalani and Jarani

However, the girls' mother claims that identical clothes and hairstyles don't help much, and many people still don't believe that Kalani and Jarani are twins.

What the twins from the United States, who were born with different skin colors, look like today. Photo of 7-year-old Kalani and Jarani

It has always been a mystery to scientists how genes interact with each other, given that there are so many genes that control skin tone and eye color. "The physical traits you can see in a person are only a small part of the genetic diversity of human populations. Often we focus only on what our eyes see, but what we see is a tiny tip of the iceberg of the true genetic diversity of each individual," says Dr. Bryce Mendelsohn, a medical geneticist at the University of California, San Francisco.

What the twins from the United States, who were born with different skin colors, look like today. Photo of 7-year-old Kalani and Jarani

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