Albinism occurs in only one person in 17,000 cases, and the Brazilian Bavar family had two albino children at once - the twins Lara and Mara. The twins recently took part in a professional photo shoot for Nike and Bazaar Kids with their sister Sheila.
Now Lara and Mara Bawar (Lara, Mara Bawar) are 11 years old. They were born into an ordinary family in São Paulo, both with no melanin pigment. Their skin, their hair, is white, although their features are very similar to those of their sister Sheila, who was born black. Because of this, the sisters look like copies of each other in negative.
If the birth of an albino child is likely 1 in 17,000, then the likelihood of having albino twins is difficult even to calculate. It is not surprising that three labels became interested in these sisters at once - Nike, Insanis and Bazaar Kids. Photographer Vinicius Terranova invited the girls along with his 13-year-old sister Sheila for a professional photo shoot, and after the final pictures were published for the first time on Instagram, they instantly received several thousand likes.
A series of photographs with Sheila, Lara and Mara was included in the photographer's project called "Rare Flowers" (Flores Raras). Vinichius himself considers these pictures to be the pearl of his project. "The first time I saw girls on video. They were just incredibly beautiful and talented, and I immediately wanted to work with them. They are very confident, very educated and they know how to work."
"Their beauty is not so much unusual, but simply rare, we are not used to seeing this every day, but it must be illuminated, must be noticed. This is a kind of statement about how diverse beauty can be, how majestic and perfect."
The 11-year-old girls themselves are very optimistic about their future. Now they want to be actresses and models. "I like learning new things. I like to design dresses, I like to pose, to play in front of the audience. When I grow up, I will probably become a stylist," says the older sister of the twins.
"Albinism is wonderful for us. We like our skin, our eyes, our hair color. The skin and hair are just very beautiful, and when you put on cosmetics, it looks very special. And the hair just perfectly matches our appearance, it plays very nicely. in the light. And yes, of course, we are very pleased to read the good comments under our photos, "says Lara.
In relationships with each other, as well as in relation to the world around them, it is clear that both sisters treat their appearance not as a disadvantage, but as a wonderful gift that makes them special. "We like to live with this appearance, - confirms this idea Mara. - We like to stand out and we are happy that we have such a unique beauty."
Despite the fact that the girls were born in Brazil, their parents are from Guinea-Bissau. Growing up in Brazil has proven to be a very positive experience for them - they are loved by their family, admired, and complimented. In their parents' homeland, they would most likely receive a completely different welcome. For example, in some African countries, in particular in Tanzania, attacks to kill an albino or to amputate certain parts of the body are so common that children born without melanin often run away from their own families to a special shelter organized for them. You can read about this situation in our article. "Doomed to death and injury."