A mother has been left speechless after giving birth to a million twins with completely different skin colors.
Chantelle Broughton, 29, said she was regularly asked if her babies Ayon and Azirah were both hers after she gave birth to them in April.
After her son Ayon was delivered at Nottingham City Hospital with fair skin and green eyes, Chantelle was shocked to give birth next to daughter Azirah, who had a much darker complexion and brown eyes.
These births are so rare that genetic experts have previously estimated them at one in a million.
Nursing assistant Chantelle Broughton, 29, from Nottingham, gave birth to Ayon and Azirah in April
Chantelle believes Azirah (left) has a darker complexion because her maternal grandfather is Nigerian and the twins’ father, Ashton, is half Jamaican.
Nursing assistant Chantelle says she looks white but is mixed race because she has a Nigerian maternal grandfather, while dad Ashton, also 29, is half Jamaican, half Scottish.
The mum-of-three revealed the twins didn’t look too different from each other when they were born, but as the weeks went on, Azirah’s skin tone started to get “darker and darker”.
She says the four-month-old twins now have “completely opposite” personalities but seem to be getting along well.
Chantelle, from Nottingham, said: ‘I’m so happy they came out as they are – our own unique little family.
“Azirah was slightly darker at birth, but you couldn’t really tell. Now, over the weeks, she’s gotten to the point where she’s darker than her dad.
Chantelle claimed people asked her if the twins were really hers when she took them out in the pram
Chantelle said the twins not only look different, but also have totally different personalities
The twins, born in April, have an incredibly close bond despite being different
“Every few weeks friends and family still say they can’t believe it.
“Azirah is really laid back and laid back, whereas Ayon wanted a lot more attention.
“He always wants to be rocked and is constantly babbling. Azira doesn’t do this very often.
“But I noticed they were really looking at each other now and smiling more.
“I think they’ll stay that way. I think their hair will be different too.
‘Azirah will have thick curly hair and Ayon’s will be completely different. You can already feel the difference in texture.
Chantelle says the twins get a lot of attention when they go out and jokes that people believe they have estranged fathers.
She added: “When you have a twin stroller people seem to notice you more anyway.”
But she said people do a “double take” when they see her walking around with Ayon and Azirah.
“People just stop and say ‘oh my god’, they just look totally different. I’ve had people ask “are they both yours”? she says.
So far, Chantelle said people have been reacting positively to the twins, with many “older women” telling her the twins are “beautiful”.
She said: “Most of the time people don’t want to mention it but when we tell them they say it’s crazy because you don’t see it very often.”
“I wouldn’t want it any other way, it’s certainly unique.”
HOW A BABY’S SKIN COLOR IS DETERMINED
Skin color is a very good example of genetic influence. It depends on the amount of pigmented melanin present in the skin cells, and this amount is predetermined by the genetic pattern of each cell.
There are an infinite number of different skin colors, called phenotypes. These range from black, dark brown, brown, light brown to white skin.
Each expression of melanin has a cumulative effect on skin tone — in other words, the more in each parent’s genes, the darker that person will be.
Therefore, the color of a baby will generally depend on the predominant amount of melanin in its parents.
Again, it is possible, although quite rare, for dark-skinned parents to give birth to a light-skinned child, or vice versa, if their own parents or grandparents are paler or lighter than ‘them.