Something absolutely beautiful happened recently: A set of twins were born in Quincy, Illinois. They’re only 9 months old and already garnering a lot of attention, as they are a physical illustration that love knows no bounds or race. While this may sound like common sense (and should be), it’s sadly still not.
The fraternal twin girls are biracial, and each take after one of their parents: Kalani after her mom, Whitney Meyer, and Jarani after her father, Tomas Dean. As People reported, Whitney is white and Tomas is black. Whitney posted a photo of the twins on her Facebook, writing:
“We’re chromosome twins,” Whitney wrote in a photo of the girls on Facebook. “Kalani (on left) is light with blue eyes and Jarani (on right) is the darker one with brown eyes. This is rare but so awesome to share!”
The BBC reports it is actually pretty rare for interracial couples who are having twins to actually have children born with different skin colors–it’s a 1 in 500 chance, to be exact. When she first saw her daughters after giving birth, Whitney herself was surprised, stating:
“At first when they were born, I wanted to believe it but it’s so rare I didn’t think it’d happen to my twins! But sure enough they’re biracial twins!”
Their appearance isn’t the only thing that differentiates the twins–their personalities are quite different too. Apparently, Kalani has a ton of energy and is already crawling, while Jarani loves food and hasn’t crawled yet. Mazel tov to the family!