What’s the most special thing about your relationship?
Mady: Our bond. This is the most important thing for a twin. There is this invisible bond between us.
Monette: Oh yes, it’s the key! It’s really the sixth sense for a twin, because it’s there even before birth. We can feel it. I’m not sure our mother liked it too much in the beginning—she used to question our identical outfits. But ultimately, she came around.
Mady: But it’s difficult to describe, because it’s something mysterious. It’s beyond words or gesticulations or looks. Psychologists say the ultimate difference is that we’ve shared placenta—it’s as simple as that.
Monette: It’s a kind of communication between us. And it’s because of this bond that there’s harmony between us.
Mady: Also, another special aspect to our relationship is that it’s honest—we can’t lie to each other.
Monette: Yes, and we don’t need to speak to each other all the time. Each person can pick up on what the other one is feeling, so we don’t need to state obvious things.
Mady: We understand each other.
Monette: We know each other!
What else has your relationship taught you?
Monette: It has taught us a lot about compromise, of course.
Mady: There are always compromises to be made; our lives are made of them. But that doesn’t mean we’re better at it than others.
What’s the most important lesson that your sister has taught you?
Monette: To Love.
Mady: Yes, exactly. But Love with a big L, of course! I’m not talking about romance.
Monette: We’re always there for each other. If there’s something to share, we share it.
Mady: If something difficult happens to one of us, the other one is there. All of the small things are important; the little nothings.
Monette: That’s Love.
These images were shot by Maja Daniels, a Swedish photographer based in London. When Maja first spotted Mady and Monette on the streets of Paris, she was immediately captivated by their identical outfits, synchronized mannerisms and quirky demeanor.
She began photographing both posed portraits and documentary images of their everyday lives. Maja approaches her projects through a sociological frame and is interested in issues related to self-identity. She believes encountering the twins’ unique bond makes us wonder, “Is that the same person twice?”
To see more images of Monette and Mady, please visit majadaniels.com.
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