I am fascinated with the idea that we all have “twins” in ethnoracial groups other than our own. Of course, ultimately I do not buy into the idea that we are all really members of “different” categories, but practically speaking, many folks still do identify quite strongly with ethnic, racial and even simply phenotypic differences.
In any case, I often see people from different ethnic backgrounds who look exactly alike. Indeed, if I had my druthers, there would be a huge internet database of “racial twins” showing everyday people who look exactly alike except for their skin tone or hair texture. Scarlett Johansson and Kerry Washington are two of my favorite celebrity examples. I think both women are breathtakingly gorgeous, but what I find even more stunning than their individual assets and fabulous sense of style is the fact that they look so much alike.
No matter how they wear their hair, style their clothes or do their makeup, they look like cafe latte and whipped cream versions of each other.
Their eyes, nose and lips are ridiculously similar. They even hold their posture in a similar fashion.
Ultimately, what I love about the notion of “interracial twins” (let us try very earnestly to keep our minds out of the gutter for a few seconds . . . ) is the idea that we are all fundamentally the same – yes, even those of us who look nothing alike.