Celebrating a birthday is a momentous occasion in general (yes, even as you get older, it’s another year you get to live life and grow and learn…and eat cupcakes). To turn 100, however, is truly a celebration, especially if you happen to turn 100 with your twin. This is what happened to identical twin sisters Maria Pignaton Pontin and Paulina Pignaton Pandolfi.
Brazilian photographer Camila Lima had a fabulous and fun photo shoot with the sisters, because why not celebrate that milestone–especially one many people don’t get to experience themselves? Lima echoed this sentiment with Good Housekeeping:
“I had never met anyone 100-years-old, let alone twins! I got in touch with their family and offered the photo shoot as a gift. We were all excited, and they put on beautiful dresses, did their hair and came to the capital to take the pictures.”
As you can imagine, both women have experienced a lot in their lives. For instance, Paulina has six children, 19 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, while Maria has five children, 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Paulina has also overcome cancer and two heart-attacks. Clearly, she is a survivor.
Here are some of the awesome photos: