Every family passes genetic traits down from one generation to the next, but some traits are more noticeable than others. Like the story of these long-lost brothers who recognized each other by their distinctive noses, people with similar physical traits are often recognizable as family members.
You might have gotten your grandmother’s nose, or your father’s ears, but for one South Carolina mom and her daughter, the family resemblance is obvious to everyone. Both Brianna Worthy and her daughter, MilliAnna have the same unique white streak in their hair, a trait they share with two other generations in their lineage. Both Brianna’s mother and grandmother also share in the family tradition.
Four generations of mothers and daughters were born with the identifying white patch of hair in this family, which is actually an unusual birthmark the women in this family share. The family’s white streak is caused by a lack of pigment in the skin and hair follicles that is passed down from parent to child and is apparent at birth. Scroll down to find out more about this exceptional family characteristic and the women who share it. This mother from Ridgeland, South Carolina, knows better than anyone how family traits can be passed down through the generations. Brianna Worthy was born with a white streak of hair at the center of her forehead that has now become her family’s hallmark.
And while it may look like something she did, on purpose, Brianna’s white streak is caused by her genes.
The family connection is clear to see in Brianna’s daughter, MilliAnna, who has had the white streak in her hair since birth, just like the rest of her family.
The distinctive trait is caused by a condition called poliosis, which produced the white streak in MilliAnna’s hair, as well as her mother Breanna, grandmother Jennifer, and great grandmother Jaonne. Since Jaonne was adopted as an infant, the family will never know just how far back the family trait goes.
Poliosis causes a lack of pigment in the skin that can affect the hair follicles, making the hair grow white in that area. For the women in MilliAnna’s family, four generations share the same spot for their white streak.
Check out this photo of Breanna and her mom when she was a little girl, the resemblance is obvious!
Mom Breanna admits that she was sometimes bullied as a child and called names like skunk because of her white streak, but she’s glad her daughter shares the family trait, as not everyone in the family does. Brianna’s sister was born without the unique white streak in her hair.
“Sometimes it would bother me when I was younger, but I grew to end up really loving it in my hair and was confident that it was my own unique signature look,” she stated during an interview with Caters. “I plan to raise my daughter knowing she is beautiful and special and to not listen to people’s mean comments at times,” she added.
MilliAnna’s hair is mostly brown ringlets, with a shocking white streak of hair at her forehead, just like her mom. She also has some poliosis marks on other parts of her body, but Breanna feels that they only add to her daughter’s unique beauty. Breanna plans to teach her daughter to love what makes her different from other girls. You never know, MillaAnna’s white streak could become the next big fashion craze!
And Breanna is right, 18-month old MilliAnna is beautiful just the way she is! She is a very lucky little girl to share such a unique and stunning physical trait connecting her to the women in her family. SHARE this with every mother and grandmother you know if you love this beautiful characteristic passed down through generations from mother to daughter!