At just seven years old, these pint-sized beauties began their modeling career. Ava Marie and Leah Rose Clements became known as the world’s most beautiful twins in 2017, fascinating us with their pale green eyes that seem wise beyond their years.
Now nine years old, the twins are still modeling–and they’re budding Instagram influencers, too. With the help of their parents and big brother, the Clements Twins are building a brand based on their stunning beauty and all-American smiles. But who are they–and what tragedy hides behind those green eyes?
The girls were born on July 7, 2010. They were over a month early–perhaps eager to claim the spotlight that would inevitably be theirs! The babies were healthy, and mom Jaqi later said, “They came four and a half weeks early, but knowing their personalities now, it makes total sense that they would show up early, unannounced, and ready to take on anything.”
Ava Marie and Leah Rose started getting compliments when they were just babies. It was impossible not to notice their adorable–and identical–features. Total strangers would advise Jaqi and Kevin Clements to get their twins into modeling. But they almost gave up after just a few months of trying. The family of five, including big brother Chase, found it difficult to juggle modeling on top of everyday life. The Clements decided that they would wait until the girls were older to try again.
Jaqi recalls that her daughters were always performing for friends and family. The girls simply loved to dress up and put on shows, but Jaqi’s instincts told her to wait until Ava Marie and Leah Rose were old enough to make the choice to model professionally for themselves.
The twins’ birthday is on July 7, or 7/7, and Jaqi took the double sevens as a sign. On their seventh birthday, she told the twins that they “could give modeling a try” if they truly wanted to pursue it. They took a DIY approach to headshots, raiding their own closets as well as borrowing from a family friend’s boutique to create looks that would wow modeling scouts.
It wasn’t long before the girls scored representation and began to audition for jobs. But Jaqi was savvy enough to start an Instagram account for her daughters as well, ensuring that they had a way to control their own image. The account blew up, gaining thousands of followers in the first few months. The account currently has 1.8 million followers.
Jaqi Clements soon discovered that life in the public eye had its ups and downs. Although the twins were successful and popular, they also faced backlash. Jaqi said that she’s often asked why the girls look so sad in photos. She’s also criticized for putting makeup on the tweens, despite the fact that wearing makeup is standard for all models.
Jaqi assures the twins’ fans that they are enjoying a happy–if unconventional–childhood. “[They] meet a new ‘friend’ for 10 minutes at an audition or a shoot and are already asking me if this new friend can be their cousin, because a simple friendship just doesn’t quite express the love they have for their new friend,” Jaqi wrote on her blog.
The Clements twins are also using their platform for good. Thanks to their army of Instagram followers, Ava Marie and Leah Rose are in a unique position to raise awareness for causes close to their hearts. When their baby cousin was diagnosed with a rare health condition, for example, they partnered with a nail polish brand to help raise money for a cure.
Tragedy struck closer to home last year when Kevin Clements was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. The twins used their Instagram reach to help search for a bone marrow match that could save their dad. Thankfully, they were able to find a donor, and Kevin’s cancer is now in remission.
Given all that they’ve already achieved before middle school, we can’t wait to see what’s next for Ava Marie and Leah Rose Clements. One thing’s for sure: We haven’t seen the last of the world’s most beautiful twins.