The mum of a pair of million-to-one sisters has revealed what it’s been like for them growing up as biracial twins.
Marcia and Millie Biggs, both 11, looked almost identical when they were born in July 2001 but as they grew older, Millie became darker-skinned while Marcia took on a lighter complexion and grew blonde curly hair.
The twins start secondary school next week and mum Amanda, 46, has already had to warn King Solomon International Business School in Aston, Birmingham, that they are actually twins.
Amanda, a dinner lady from Highgate, Birmingham, said: “Even when they were at primary school, people would get confused.
“I’d be picking them up after school, and the other parents would stop me and say: ‘Are they your daughters?’
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“When I told that them that they were twins, they would always be stunned. I notice a lot of people doing double-takes.
“It does get a bit irritating sometimes, when you have people stopping you in the street all the time, but then I remember how beautiful they are and how lucky I am to have them, and the irritation goes away.
“There were a few teachers who didn’t believe them at first, but as they got to know them, they saw how similar they were.”
While Marcia inherited her mother’s fair complexion and golden brown hair, Millie takes after dad Michael, 50, who is of Jamaican origin, with her tight dark curls and brown skin.
But Amanda said other than the differences in skin tone, they look almost exactly the same.
The twins do “absolutely everything” together, she said, and regularly make videos of themselves singing and dancing together.
And while Millie is a “little princess”, Marcia is more of a tomboy, she said, while Millie is good at maths and Marcia has a talent for English.
“They’re both very outgoing and positive, which is wonderful. They’re great to be around, because they always make you simile,” she said.
“I’ve explained to the school that despite their differences, they are twins, and hopefully that will help to overcome any awkwardness.
“But people are going to be amazed by them for the rest of their lives, and I think that’s fantastic.”
Millie said: “I am excited to start secondary school. I think that it’s going to be fun to meet some new people and make lots of friends. My favourite lesson is Maths.
“It makes me laugh a lot when people don’t believe that we’re twins.”
Marcia added: “It’s going to be fun to go to a new school. The bit I’m most excited about is going to the lessons. My best friend is Millie, because she’s always been there.”
Dad Michael said they never worried about the changes that came as the girls grew up: “We just accepted it. I thought to myself: ‘No problem – one black, one white.’
“Regardless of the colour difference, people are able to tell that they’re twins because their features are so similar.”