Photo: Whitney Meyer
In a time when our country has been very racially divided over the last year, one mom hopes her rare biracial twins will teach others to love everyone equally.
Whitney Meyer says her 9-month old fraternal twin girls, Jarani and Kalani, get stares everywhere they go, and are often a topic of conversation among total strangers, because people just can’t believe they are twins. Meyer is white, and Kalani is fair like her, while the twins’ father, Tomas Dean, is black, and Jarani has brown skin like he does. Meyer says she hopes her darling girls will make people think about race and equality when people see them.
“You can’t look at one and not love them both,” she told TODAY. “They’re the same girl, just different colors.”
Dean was completely surprised by the twins’ appearance.
“I was like, ‘Yeah, she’s a little light,’ but I thought maybe babies are that way when they’re first born. But then a couple of minutes later, her sister came out a little darker,” he said. “In a million years, I never thought I’d have a girl with blue eyes. I didn’t think I could pull that one off!”
The twins are Dean and Meyer’s 2nd and 3rd children together—sadly, their son Pravyn passed away at age 2 after drowning while in the care of a day care provider. Jarani looks like Pravyn, while Kalani favors Meyer’s older son Talan, 7, who is Caucasian. She said Talan reads to the girls every night and is the “best big brother.”
Photo: Whitney Meyer – Son Pravyn, who passed away at age 2 in 2014, has been placed in this family picture.
Although the girls’ appearance is certainly startling for twins, in reality, science says our appearance is just a tiny, tiny sliver of the DNA that makes us all who we are. Dr. Bryce Mendelsohn, a medical geneticist at the University of California, San Francisco, verifies this, saying, “A lot of times we only focus on the things our eyes can see, but what we see is a tiny tip of the iceberg of the actual genetic diversity in everyone.”
Photo: Whitney Meyer
Kalani and Jarani’s dad certainly agrees. He says he understands why people are so bowled over by his daughters’ looks, but he hopes they will also take the time to recognize them for SO much more. “I hope that a lot of people can see that color really isn’t a big thing. What’s important is love,” he said. “Mysterious things can happen and life is a blessing.”
Thanks for sharing your beautiful family AND message of love with us, Meyer-Dean family! We hope this special girls truly do change the world and how people see color!
(Editor’s note: this is the second story of parents having twins after the loss of a child that I’ve written in two days. How AMAZING is that??)