How long-lost sisters found each other online, 25 years later

These twins seem inseparable now, but for 25 years, that was far from the case – until they had a truly modern family reunion.

In December 2012, a friend of aspiring fashion designer Anais Bordier sent her a photo of actress Samantha Futerman performing on YouTube. The two women couldn’t have looked more alike, and Bordier started digging. After discovering that they shared a birthday and a birthplace in South Korea, she contacted her identical twin for the first time ever – via Facebook.

Bordier and Futerman soon realized they were both put up for adoption as infants in South Korea, with Futerman ending up in Verona, New Jersey and Bordier in Paris. After a series of intense conversations via Skype and online, they met for the first time in London. A DNA test soon confirmed what fate, the internet, and the mirror had already made clear.

“Seeing her for the first time was really awkward,” Futerman told Fusion’s Jorge Ramos. “I don’t know how people go on blind dates, because it was just so awkward standing in the same room and seeing – but it’s not even a date, it’s your own reflection is just standing there in front of you. What do you even do at that point?”

“I believe that we were meant to meet each other at some point,” Bordier said. “[But] I think it could have happened [many] other ways.”

Now, the twins have published a memoir called Separated @ Birth: A True Love Story of Twin Sisters Reunited and are producing a documentary on Kickstarter that’s raised over $120,000 between two projects.

“We’re so lucky to have parents who taught us that love and family is beyond DNA,” said Futerma, who has also co-founded an organization called kindred to help adoptees around the world reunite.

They don’t know much about their biological parents, other than that their birth mother is still alive, probably in South Korea. When Ramos pointed out that their newfound fame makes it much likely that their mother would end up getting in touch, both women said they’d welcome it.

“We’d be happy to. Whenever she’s ready,” Bordier said.

While they may not get the chance to spend much time together as they both pursue their careers around the globe, neither one is worried about their bond getting weaker.

“We can’t lose connection, thanks to all the social media that’s happened, so far in our lives,” Futerman said. “We can’t stay too far away from each other.”