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Leo (left) and Hope (right) are twins with completely different skin tones, their mother is Grenadian and their father is white.

A British mother wasn’t surprised when she had twins, but when she saw them together it wasn’t exactly what she was expecting.

Shirley Wales, 21, was stunned when she saw her newborns. Her son Leo resembled his Grenadian mother, with dark skin, brown eyes and thick hair, while her daughter Hope was the spitting image of her father, with light skin, blue eyes and fair sparse hair.

“I knew I was having twins, and I knew one was a boy and one was a girl,” Shirley said. “But I couldn’t believe it when the midwife told me they had different skin tones after I’d given birth to them.”

“Throughout the pregnancy I’d joked about the babies being black and white, I even said to my friends that if one was black and one was white I’d call them Ebony and Ivory. When they were born though, I realised it would be cruel to actually call them that.”

The twins are now doing well at 14 weeks old, and are developing their own individual personalities.

“People just need to be open-minded, it can happen,” said Ms. Wales. “I’m thrilled about it.”

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