National Geographic has placed the spotlight on 11-year-old fraternal twin sisters Marcia, pictured left in the image above, and Millie Biggs on the cover of its April issue.
This feature is specially dedicated to addressing the publication’s problematic history of racist reportage, which editor Susan Goldberg focused on in her recent article For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist. To Rise Above Our Past, We Must Acknowledge It.
Marcia, who tends to take after her mother’s physical attributes, has blonde hair and white skin. Millie, on the other hand, has black hair and brown skin, more like her father who is of Jamaican ancestry.
The twins help to illustrate the point that the concept of race “has no genetic or scientific basis.” Mother Amanda pointed out that the girls have never faced discrimination due to their skin color. She explained that over time, people find them beautiful in their own ways.
See the cover below and read Nat Geo’s story behind the image here.
— National Geographic (@NatGeo) March 12, 2018