IT should be easy for teachers to tell sisters Millie and Marcia Biggs apart when they start secondary school this week.
The million-to-one pair inevitably prompt a double take when people discover they’re black and white twins.
The 11-year-olds looked almost identical when they were born, but as they grew Millie became darker-skinned while blue-eyed Marcia took on a lighter complexion.
Marcia has inherited her mother’s fair colour and brown hair, while Millie takes after her father, who is of Jamaican origin, with her dark curls.
Mum Amanda, 46, from Highgate, Birmingham, said: ‘Even when they were at primary school, people would get confused.
‘I’d be picking them up and the other parents would say: “Are they your daughters?”
‘When I told them that they were twins, they would always be stunned.’ Dad Michael, 50, said: ‘We’ve never worried about 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. They’ve both got my nose, and I think often that’s how people work it out.’
There are a couple of other differences, too. ‘Millie is our little princess, obsessed with pink, like you’d expect from a feminine girl. Marcia’s a lot more of a tomboy,’ said their mum. ‘Millie is very good at maths, and Marcia has a talent for English, so it’s good they have that competition,’ she added.
The girls start at King Solomon International Business School in Aston, Birmingham, this week.
Millie said: ‘It makes me laugh a lot when people don’t believe we’re twins.’ Her sister added: ‘It’s going to be fun to go to a new school.’