A MIXED-race mum claims strangers ask her if her son was ‘swapped at birth’ after he was born with red hair and blue eyes.
Ella Gayle, 23, has Jamaican, Italian and Irish heritage with dark hair, eyes and skin – so was shocked when her son, Luca, was born with fair features.
Luca, now seven-months-old, has flaming red hair and blue eyes – which came as a surprise as his dad, Christian Henman, 29, is white but also has dark hair.
The mum-of-one, from Nottingham, said: “You can see Luca’s hair from a mile off when we’re out and about and people often stare because the two of us look so different.
“Luca’s dad has blue eyes like him, but other than that, there’s not a huge amount of physical similarity between Luca and us.
“People have jokingly asked if Luca was swapped at hospital and we were given the wrong baby but I had a home birth so that isn’t actually possible!”
His parents are now questioning where Luca got his unique looks from, with Ella looking into their genetics and family tree.
She said: “I have two cousins with red hair, but that’s the only immediate family both Christian and I have with red hair – other than that, there’s no one!
Since posting about his unique look online, Ella says Luca has been offered a modelling contract.
She added: “People are forever coming up to us when we’re out to comment on Luca’s amazing hair; it’s mainly abroad when I get funny looks from people about the obvious difference in looks between us.
“I don’t mind people staring to be honest, I love to show Luca off!”
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