infant feet pressed together, one black (right), one white (left)
Jade Small
Jade Small
December 24, 2023 ·  3 min read

Parents Gifted with Rare Black-And-White Twins Get the Same Blessing 7 Years Later

The world is full of beautiful and wonderful things, some so astounding and unreal it can be hard to fathom. Sometimes, this beauty is in the form of a person, in this case, twins. And not just the regular kind, two sets of them! But, there is something incredibly special about these children.

Rare Black and White Twins

Alison Spooner and Dean Durrant are the proud parents of two sets of twins, and what makes them so unique is the fact that both sets, born seven years apart, are black and white. This makes their family the only one in existence with such an occurrence.

Dean, the father, is West Indian. His skin is dark and so is his hair. His partner, Alison, has white skin, blue eyes and red hair. In 2001, when their first set of twin girls was due, they expected mixed-race children. Instead, one baby, Lauren, was born with light skin like her mom, along with her red hair and blue eyes. Her twin sister, Hayleigh, looked like Dean.

 Dad Dean Durrant and mum Alison Spooner have created a family that is a one-in-a-million marvel
Credit: Louis Wood – The Sun

Now, twins born different colors are not something new, although it is rare. According to reports citing a geneticist, the odds of twins being born biracial is about 1 in 500,000.

But, what makes this family even more special is that the exact thing happened when the couple had twins again in 2009. As you can imagine, the couple was astounded to have had this incredible occurrence yet again.

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Lauren and Hayleigh

When they were 18, the older girls spoke about life as bi-racial twins. Of course, people do not believe that they are in fact what they say they are. The girls have said that people are shocked when they find out.

Image: Miya and Leah Durrant, fraternal twins
The girls when they were younger – via APTN

Some people can be really rude. They’ll say, ‘You’re lying, you aren’t twins — prove it! So we’ll reel off the same address or pull our passports out. It’s nice to see the shock on people’s faces. When we went to college it was difficult because there were lots of groups of Asian, white and black kids.

“The black group were trying to integrate me and I was like, ‘This is my white twin sister.’

“No one could believe it. People look at us like it’s some kind of miracle. I’m still amazed that we are twins.”

 'Lauren and Hayleigh teach me that it’s the best thing in the world to have a twin sister, even if you are not identical', says little Miya (pictured front and centre)
Credit: Louis Wood – The Sun

Defying the Odds

The two younger sisters are no different, which means this family is literally the only one in the world with two sets of bi-racial twins.

“Even non-identical twins aren’t that common. Non-identical twins from mixed parents, of different races, less common still. To have two eggs fertilized and come out different colors, less common still. So, to have it happen twice must be one in millions.”

Dr. Sarah Jarvis of Britain’s Royal College of General Practitioners
 'It’s like having two Mini-Mes', says Mum Alison of her two sets of twins with different skin tones
Credit: Louis Wood – The Sun

The two younger daughters have grown to look more alike as time goes by, unlike their older siblings.

“The younger ones idolize the older ones and are always copying them. It’s like having two Mini-Mes. They are the only ones who know what it was like to be so alike but look so different when they were younger.”


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  1. British couple has ‘black-and-white twins’ twice.ABCNews, January 2, 2009
  2. British family are the world’s only with TWO sets of twins – both one black, one white.The Sun. March 11, 2019