A woman who took a DNA test found a secret sister who looks exactly like her, shares the same hobbies and job, and even has a matching tattoo.
27-year-old Victoria Voorhees knew she was adopted, and took a 23&Me home DNA test kit to find out a bit more about her Hispanic heritage and genetic make up.
She was astonished when the results revealed she had a sister—and was sent a photo of a woman who looked just like her.
Victoria—who was adopted when she was two months old—always dreamed of having an older sibling.
But she couldn’t believe her eyes on seeing the photo of her sister for the first time: “At first I was like there’s no way, I didn’t think it was possible, and maybe they found someone that has some similarities to me, but I know now that’s not how it works!”
She sent her sister a message through the 23&Me app, as well as to a predicted cousin she had been matched with, and rushed home to tell her parents.
28-year-old Alyss Ravae and Victoria chatted, then they joined a call with their biological mother for the first time. “I showed her some photos of me growing up with my adoptive parents,” says Victoria, “and she was happy but still crying!
Alyss says of her sister, “We live very parallel lives even though we were given very different situations.”
It’s not just their mutual love of Halloween—of Stephen King, of It and The Shining—that she was fascinated by; they both have bat tattoos—on opposite feet but the same part of the ankle.
Alyss said: “When she sent me that [tattoo] picture I literally just dropped my phone.”
They also both have cats and make and sell pet portraits online.
Victoria said: “We both like hiking trails as well, I’m going to show her all the cool ones around here [in Chicago]!”