'Twinsters' reunited after chance internet encounter

Two grown women who were adopted as babies have met each other for the first time after a surprise encounter via YouTube and Facebook.

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The 'sisters' on YouTube.

Two grown women who were adopted as babies have met each other for the first time after a surprise encounter via YouTube and Facebook.

Samantha and Anaïs were raised on different continents - Europe and North America - after being given up for adoption in South Korea 27 years ago.

In February 2013, Anaïs, a London-based French fashion design student saw a YouTube video of Samantha, an American actor living and working in Los Angeles. She was shocked to discover how similar they looked and following some 'light Internet stalking' discovered that they shared a birthday.

This spurred Anaïs to send Samantha a Facebook message.

'So…I don't want to be too Lindsay Lohan, well…but…how to put it…I was wondering where were you born?' she .

'I was born on the 19th of November 1987, in Busan but my papers were made at the Holt Children's Institute, so 'officially' I was born in Seoul. My Korean name is Kim Eunwha. I arrived in France the 5th March 1988, so 3 months later.'


The pair began Skyping and exchanging text messages regularly, comparing everything they knew about their respected adoptions, as well as their almost-matching baby photos.

After some Skype sessions, the ‘Twinsters’ eventually met up in May 2013 and immediately hit it off.

Finally, in May 2013, Samantha and her family flew to London to meet Anaïs and her family for the very first time.

The 'Twinsters', as they dubbed themselves, shared an immediate bond and a DNA test soon confirmed that they were related.

'Twinsters' Anaïs and Samantha discovered each after after a stumbling upon a YouTube video and reaching out via Facebook.

Not long after, Anaïs traveled to Los Angeles to visit Samantha for two weeks. The pair have also travelled to to visit their respective adoption agencies in an effort to further piece together their stories.

Anaïs and Samantha now hope to turn their experience into a feature-length documentary film.

The 'Twinsters' now have a documentary in the works detailing their chance reunion, and are using the popular crowdfunding website Kickstarter to raise additional money for post-production costs.

'We are firm supporters of the social media world. Having access to such a powerful resource as Kickstarter, we are beyond grateful to have the chance to complete this project with the generous support of the people who are truly invested. Without the world of social media, we would have never been able to connect," they  on Kickstarter.

Anaïs and Samantha hope to submit their film to the 2015 film festival circuit.

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Published 2 February 2014 at 9:29am
Source: SBS