Adorable babies may cause many of us to talk cutesy wootsy to them—of course not everyone—but at least we wouldn’t think of a negative comment to say, right? Well, a loving mom who posted photos of her adorable twins on social media saw how vastly different people’s comments can be.
Clementina Shipley, a mother of three, often posts adorable photos of her daughters on her Instagram account named LittleStrongGirls. Some among her more than 35,000 followers leave endearing comments whenever they chance upon her daughter’s photos. But, among the oohs and aahs, there have been some comments and questions concerning her two 8-month-old daughters, who are fraternal twins.
The twins, Isabella and Gabriella, are slightly different in their complexion. Gabriella has a darker complexion, which has, to Shipley’s shock, attracted negative comments from some people. However, the proud mom who loves her children, and who believes black is beautiful in every shade, chooses only to look at the positive comments.
“It has been an amazing reception sharing our babies online, it really shows how amazing Black genes are since we can create such unique babies,” Shipley told Essence.
“We have received a ton of love from our posts. Most people have showered them with positivity. Of course there have been a few negative comments as well, but that comes with the territory.”
“From time to time we’ve ran into negative comments about Gabriella’s color, if she’s loved and if she considered beautiful because of her darker complexion. Also some people think they must be mixed but they are African-American, gray eyes run in our family so two of our three children have them, once again showing how amazing African-American genes are.”
Describing the twins’ personalities, Shipley mentioned: “Isabella is a calm baby and super laid back. She giggles whenever you stare at her and loves to be tickled. Gabriella started crawling at 5 months as [sic] has not stopped moving since. She a smiling ball of energy and loves to snuggle.”
In the family, the twins are not the only adorable ones. Their eldest sister, 2-year-old Angelina, is just as cute, and she often helps mom take care of her two younger sisters.
“Our oldest Angelina is doing great as a big sister, from the day she met the twins she wanted to hold and hug them,” Shipley said. “Angelina has been the youngest for a long time in an all-girl family, so I think she was happy to be able to help take care of the babies.”
However, as Angelina is still young, her mother still has to keep an eye on her whenever she’s looking after the twins.
“Sometimes she is a little rough when trying to play with them, so we have to monitor that,” Shipley explained.
“But overall, she is a wonderful big sister,” she added.