Did you know that one in every 67 births is twins or triplets? We never knew there were so many matching siblings in the world! Although there are so many more multiples than we ever imagined, it can still be mind-blowing to see two copies of the same person. Nature is a wonderful thing. Jaclyn, Erica, and Nicole were the latest talk of the town when these identical triplets were born with blue eyes and blonde hair back on December 12, 1977.
Growing up together
Of course, having more than one baby can make it hard to keep on top of who is who. So imagine having three that all look identical? The triplets’ parents had a hard time telling the girls apart, especially when they were crawling around all over the place. Instead of crossing their fingers and hoping for the best, their mom and dad had tiny dots tattooed on the girls’ behinds. Erica has no dots, Nicole has one, and Jaclyn has two spots.
Topic of conversation
It wasn’t long before the babies were the talk of the town. After all, living in Jordan, Minnesota with only 30,000 people doesn’t invite much to talk about. As soon as Jaclyn, Erica, and Nicole entered the world, they became local celebrities. Local modeling agencies and talent scouts from all across town began to work with the girls. No one could wait to grab a piece of these three identical triplets, and everyone wanted to be the first.
Three’s a crowd
Unfortunately, being a triplet wasn’t all it cracked up to be. In fact, the sisters all admit that it was hard to forge their own identity while they were growing up. Jaclyn, Erica, and Nicole explained they were often referred to as “the triplets” or “you three,” and were lumped together as one person. However, the sisters all enjoyed dressing in matching outfits and playing with the same friends and toys. They wanted to do everything together.
Chance at fame
The triplets had people trying to sign them to their agency for years, but they finally gave in when they were 16 years old. Jaclyn, Erica, and Nicole weren’t only offered the chance to model; they were going to be the cover stars of Teen magazine. The sisters all took to the camera like a duck to water, and it looked as though they had finally found their calling. The cover shoot was merely the first rung on the ladder to success.
A chance to breakthrough
The cover shoot was fun, but it was time for the girls to start a new career as nurses. They enrolled at the University of Minnesota, and everything was getting back to normal. That was until Jaclyn, Erica, and Nicole saw a Playboy poster. The magazine was looking for the next women to appear in their Girls of the Big Ten special edition. The girls had no idea where it would lead, but surely there was no harm in trying out?
The grand reveal
It wasn’t long before Jaclyn, Erica, and Nicole got a call from a casting agent at Playboy. As soon as they explained they were identical triplets, the magazine called them in for a photo shoot. They were the girls Playboy had been looking for this entire time. However, Jaclyn, Erica, and Nicole knew the shoot would mean having to pose in the bare minimum next to their sisters. Plus, the entire world could see their pictures. Was it worth it?
Their breakout role
It came with risks, but the girls couldn’t pass up the opportunity to pose for Playboy. One triplet later revealed none of them would have gone through with it if they had been on their own. However, the sister all had each other there for support. Jaclyn, Erica, and Nicole were an instant hit in the magazine. In fact, they went on to become the first triplets to appear in the monthly centerfold. This was only the beginning of it all.
Only the beginning
As soon as their magazine hit the shelves, the triplets became overnight sensations. Everyone in the world wanted to work with Jaclyn, Erica, and Nicole. Erica even went on to add that it was appearing in Playboy that started their entire journey to fame. Without their photo shoot, they would never have become so popular or been offered so many opportunities. However, Jaclyn, Erica, and Nicole admit they wouldn’t change a thing about their life or the experiences they’ve had.
Hitting the small screen
The triplets decided it was time to move to Los Angeles if they wanted to grow their fame. As soon as they landed, everyone wanted to get hold of the girls. It wasn’t long before they were approached by Boy Meets World, but that wasn’t all. Jaclyn, Erica, and Nicole were even offered the chance to appear on Family Feud alongside Lisa, their older sister, and their father. As if that wasn’t enough, the girls walked away with $10,000 prize.
As well as mingling amongst the stars of Hollywood, one of the triplets, Erica, managed to find love. The sisters all appeared on the reality series Renovate My Family, hosted by Jay McGraw, the son of Dr. Phil. However, during their time on the show, Erica and Jay started to grow close. Apparently, the host joined the girls in their trailer to watch a film before the show, and the rest is history. It was almost like love at first sight.
Now, the triplets had even more chances than ever before. As well as their modeling days, Jaclyn, Erica, and Nicole had a Hollywood connection. The Doctors is a show where a panel of medical staff discuss health issues that might be in the media, and it just so happened that Jay was one of the executive producers. The series had featured many celebrities over the years. It was time for the sisters to appear in their own slot.
Erica and Jay eventually tied the knot in 2006, and it wasn’t long after the ceremony that the girls decided to appear on the show. Everyone had so many questions about their health as many had never met a set of identical triplets in real life. They were a first for many. As if that wasn’t enough, Jaclyn, Erica, and Nicole all took to their time on television as if they were seasoned pros. They were the perfect additions to The Doctors.
Three surprises at once
There was an instant boost in the show’s ratings, and it was all thanks to the addition of the sisters. However, they had a surprise in store for everyone. Jaclyn, Erica, and Nicole all found out they were pregnant – at the same time. Now, they had even more to discuss on the show. Not only did The Doctors get to follow the life of a pregnant woman, but they could follow the life of pregnant triplets all at the same time.
Girls, girls, girls
It wasn’t just becoming pregnant at the same time that had everyone talking, Jaclyn, Erica, and Nicole all gave birth to healthy baby girls in 2010. Thankfully, they all settled into life as parents with ease. However, seven years after their birth, The Doctors wanted the chance to catch up with the triplets. So much time has passed – and the show’s ratings were starting to slip. They needed a way to get the viewers back, and thankfully the sisters agreed.
A testing segment
It was March 2017, and The Doctors knew they had to find a way to claw back the viewers. Jaclyn, Erica, and Nicole had been so popular all those years ago – it was time to recreate that magic. At last, they had it. Home DNA test kits give people a chance see just where they come from in the world. The show teamed up with Lisa Guerrero, a journalist, to see if they could test how accurate the kits really are.
Time to test
Thinking of a DNA test could conjure up images of sterilized labs and scientists in white coats, but science has come a long way. Now, all it takes is a small sample from saliva or a cheek swab to get someone’s DNA. The best bit? It can all be done at home. Then all people need to do is merely send their samples to the lab where a team of people can trace their DNA around the world.
Easy as pie
Many companies have started to offer these services as people want to know more than ever where they come from in the world. The triplets chose a test that meant they needed to send off a saliva sample if they wanted to find out the truth. These tests would do more than just tell them when they come from; many companies can trace family lines back through the women in the family as well as locate long lost family members.
This was more than just an experiment for the triplets. They had always had an interest in medical science, especially since they were once training to become nurses. For Jaclyn, Erica, and Nicole, the DNA test was a chance to see how accurate the results could be. They were identical triplets – surely they must come back with matching results? The triplets gave their samples and sent them off to 23andme to be tested. They didn’t have to wait long for the results.
The waiting game
Although they know they are triplets, the girls were still eager to hear the results. A few weeks passed, and they were soon back for the grand reveal. The first test was to uncover if they are, in fact, identical triplets. Of course, the test was positive. Amazingly, the triplets’ fingerprints are so similar they would be able to trick modern technology into thinking they are one of their sisters. They weren’t surprised by the results, but there was more to come.
A second test
The girls were also part of a second test. Jaclyn, Erica, and Nicole had their DNA tested to determine their ethnic origin. This means they would be able to find out where in the world their ancestors lived. The first test had been identical, and everyone thought the second would be no different. After all, there was no reason it should be any different… Was there? They all shared the same parents and DNA – nothing could be different.
Getting some numbers
As the results came in, no one could believe what they were hearing. They were looking at three identical triplets, yet somehow there were numbers flying everywhere, and nothing seemed to add up. The triplets were all 99% European, but that’s where the similarities ended. Nicole was the eldest of the triplets, and her results showed she was 18% British and Irish. However, middle sister Erica only came up at 16% for the same test. How could they be so different?
Getting stranger and stranger
Things didn’t end there. It couldn’t be a wrong number after all! The Doctors continued to look at the rest of the results to see if they could uncover any more hidden secrets. They moved onto the French and German heritage section, but this just raised even more questions than before. Erica was amazingly 22.3% French and German, while Jaclyn was only 18%, and Nicole scored the least with 11%. They might be triplets, but underneath they are so different.
The final third
There was one final part of the test, and everyone on set was on the edge of their seats to find out the third results. They sisters were about to learn of their Scandinavian heritage. Surely one of the results must add up? Amazingly, Jaclyn and Erica came back with the same result: 7.4% Scandinavian. However, Nicole’s was different once again. The oldest triplet had a result of 11.4%. Perhaps being a triplet doesn’t make you identical after all?
Understanding the results
No one on set could believe how different the results were for Jaclyn, Erica, and Nicole. Nicole was the most surprised of all the sisters as she couldn’t come to terms with how different the numbers were even though they were all from the same egg. Dr. Travis Stork, the host of The Doctors, was there to help explain what it could all mean. He wanted the audience to know the tests are for entertainment and shouldn’t be taken as scientific evidence.
Travis continued to explain there could be more reasons the tests came back with such different results. He believed it was down to a faulty DNA test. The triplets had done everything they were supposed to, but taking a test at home means anything can get inside the vial before they are sent to the lab. There is no way to keep everything in lab conditions. Finally, Travis wanted the audience to know that one DNA sample wasn’t the answer to everything.
Defending the tests
The triplets and Travis were also joined by journalist Lisa Guerrero. However, she had a very different opinion to the host of the show. Lisa agrees that the home tests will never be 100% accurate, but feels Travis is giving them a hard time. Lisa thinks they give people the chance to learn more about their history and would love to find out about her own ethnicity. Although she knows about her English and Latin roots, Lisa wants to know more.
Covering their backs
Nowadays, people around the world want to learn about their roots. The invention of home DNA kits has helped people achieve their dreams, and now anyone can discover their history. There’s no harm in that, right? Although they can give us an indication of where we come from, The Doctors want their audience to understand the results of the test will never be 100% accurate. Instead, we should use them as a guide. It still sounds pretty cool if you ask us.
Time to reflect
Jaclyn, Erica, and Nicole never thought they would grow up to become celebrities. They were just simple triplets from a small Minnesota town, how did they end up on a show being broadcast across the nation? Their modeling days and TV appearances mean the girls have met all kinds of superstars over the years. Little did they know that all their time in the limelight would lead to them becoming the face of home DNA test awareness.
The fact Jaclyn, Erica, and Nicole was scary enough for many. How had they all become pregnant at the same time? Amazingly, the coincidences didn’t end there. The triplets all went on to have a son each, too. Now that is uncanny. Thankfully, they are all settling into family life and are looking forward to the future, it might have been years since they appeared in Playboy, but Jaclyn, Erica, and Nicole haven’t been able to keep their name out of the magazines.
Time to split
Celebrity life is never easy, especially when journalists are digging for the latest story. Unfortunately, Erica has found herself dragged into the world of constant attention thanks to her superstar husband, Jay McGraw. There have been many divorce rumors that have come and gone over the years. Sure, there might be no smoke without fire, but Jay and Erica seem to be going as strong as ever. It looks as though they are just more vicious rumors spread by the papers.
A grand day
Jay and Erica tied the knot back in 2006, and the wedding was nothing short of extravagant. The pair were surrounded by 400 members of their friends and family who all came out in force to help celebrate their big day. As if that wasn’t enough, Jay and Erica wrote their own vows to read during the ceremony, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Even Jay’s mom, Robin McGraw, needed a tissue at the end of it all.
The traditional way
According to Jay, he knew he wanted to marry Erica from day one. The pair were in Dallas enjoying an average day. That was until Jay decided he was going to pop the question. He wanted to keep things traditional, so Jay got down onto one knee and asked Erica if she would spend the rest of her days as his wife. She might have said “Yes,” but we’re pretty sure Erica was speechless with her five-carat diamond and platinum ring.
Always the bridesmaid
Many brides choose matching dresses for their bridesmaids so everyone looks uniform. So imagine if your bridesmaids are identical. We’re sure there were plenty of people doing a double take at Erica’s wedding when she asked her two sisters to be bridesmaids to her wedding. Not only did two of the wedding party look identical, but they also matched the bride. If no one knew Erica was a triplet, they were about to be in for a surprise.
Avery Elizabeth McGraw was the first addition to the family. Not long after she was born, Jay and Erica welcomed a brother, London Philip. As the children continue to grow, people can see the family resemblance coming out more and more. Both London and Avery have blonde hair and blue eyes as well as sharing the same features as their parents. It’s said all the grandparents love getting involved with the new additions, but we’re sure they’re still glad to hand them back.
Dad on board
Dr. Phil might lead a busy career, but this TV legend still makes plenty of time for his family. In fact, it’s sad the host was overjoyed at the news Jay was getting married. Jay loves to believe his parents are as in love with his wife as he is, especially as Dr. Phil admitted he couldn’t wait to see his son say “I do” to the girl of his dreams. We wonder what gave Jay his first clue?
Another man on the scene
Erica might have married into Hollywood, but she’s not the only triplet to walk down the aisle. The youngest of the sisters, Jaclyn, married real estate agent Billy Dolan, and the couple have gone on to have two children… Of course, they stuck with the pattern of a daughter followed by a son. The best bit? Both children also have blue eyes and blonde hair – what a shock! It’s said they enjoy spending their time on family vacations. Aww.
Looking back at life
Little did the girls ever know how one photo shoot for Teen magazine would change their entire lives. They might have come from a town with a few thousand people, but they never let anyone or anything stand in the way of achieving their dreams. Erica once admitted that appearing in Playboy was a “Fun and fast ride.” However, all three triplets know the journey would have been nothing without their sisters by their side throughout it all.
Although the triplets shot to fame after their centerfold in Playboy, they have since gone on to appear in a whole host of productions. Recently, Jaclyn, Erica, and Nicole even landed a spot on Relic Hunter, a reality show in Canada that follows the journey of ancient artifacts as they find their way back to museums. It seems as though the triplets can’t get enough of fame. So much so they even admitted they would return to Playboy if they had the chance.
Cooking up a storm
Watch out internet; the triplets aren’t done with us just yet. As well as all their other adventures, Jaclyn, Erica, and Nicole have started a YouTube channel named Triplets Gourmet. Here, the sisters show off their cooking skills to the world and even have a cooking site of their own. These girls really do have plenty to keep them busy, but at least they will always have each other their by their side if they ever need them.