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Seeing double

Shanae and Renae Nel
Shanae and Renae Nel

These identical twin sisters are leading the exactly same life after choosing the same hair colour, make-up, dress sense and dating life.

Twins Shanae and Renae Nel, both 19, even study the same English language college course and love using their identical image to play pranks on their peers.

The sisters, from Southampton, Hampshire, do everything together and despite being currently the single; the pair say they wouldn’t date anyone unless the other twin was too.

Shanae and Renae both wear long blonde hair extensions and now wear exactly the same clothes every single day after choosing to lead identical lives last year.

Shanae added, “People get freaked out when they see us together because we even answer at the same time and have been told we have synchronised laughs. There have been times when we have swapped jackets at college and attended each other’s class and our tutor didn’t have a clue.

Strangers are always freaked out when they see us together and always ask the obvious question ‘are you two twins?’ When we were in school we used to hate being twins and wanted to be individuals so we would wear different clothes and have our hair in different styles. But last year we decided to just embrace it and now we will never buy something to wear if the other one doesn’t agree. We do everything together; it is amazing having a twin as you always have a forever friend who can comfort you when you are down.

However, we can also be one another’s worst enemy as we know everything about each other meaning we know exactly how to annoy each other. It is very rare that we argue and if we do, it’s always something stupid like I might borrow Renae’s makeup without asking and accidentally lose it.”

The twins say the only physical way to tell them apart is by spotting a mole on Shanae’s neck and Renae has one underneath her lip. Renae adds, “It was mainly me who wanted to be my own person when we were younger, Shanae has always loved being the same. Our mum Donna Boast, 38, also loves it as she used to dress us the same as children and we weren’t even allowed to wear different coloured socks. People always think we plan to get into a relationship at the same time, but it just weirdly happens. In a past relationship, my boyfriend went behind Shanae and touched her in the club as he didn’t realise it wasn’t me, he was mortified when she turned around. When we do have boyfriends, they always know the difference, I guess because they know us more on a personal level.

Shanae is really laid back and bossy at times whereas I am super organised and always in control of how to film our content for our TikTok channel as we have over 800k followers on there which is amazing. We have tried to prank previous boyfriends by pretending to be eachother on video calls but after about one minute they would realise it was the wrong twin. But it was still not impressive that it took them that long to catch on.

We both now adore being identical and we wouldn’t have it any other way, it is our trademark to be the same and we love it.”

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