Tia Mowry and Tamera Mowry-Housley are two of Hollywood’s most famous sisters, twins who rose to fame acting on the cult-classic TV show Sister, Sister. Now mostly retired from acting, both women are lifestyle influencers and regular contributors to the world of pop culture, with Tamera Mowry working as a host of the talk show The Real and Tia Mowry maintaining a thriving career as a podcast contributor and home cook.
Still, most fans love them best for their work in Sister, Sister, and continue to binge-watch the show religiously, learning everything that they can about the charming, funny series — including the hilarious beauty trick that showrunners used to try to make the sisters appear identical.
How did Tia and Tamera Mowry become famous?
Tia and Tamera Mowry were born in West Germany in 1978, to parents who worked in the U.S. Army. Tamera is the older twin by a mere two minutes, according to IMDb. The close-knit family eventually moved back to the United States, where the talented twin sisters decided to pursue careers in the entertainment industry. By the time the girls were twelve, they had started to gain experience performing in beauty pageants and competitions, and the family moved to California, where both Tia and Tamera Mowry began trying out for shows and movies.
It didn’t take long before the girls got their big break. In 1994, Tia and Tamera Mowry began appearing in the TV show Sister, Sister, playing identical twins separated at birth and reunited as teenagers. The show made stars out of the young girls, and they went on to star in the series until it ended in 1999.
The ‘Tia & Tamera’ reality show
For the years immediately following the end of Sister, Sister, Tia and Tamera Mowry took a break from Hollywood in order to focus on their educational goals. Although they both performed in small acting roles, it wasn’t until 2011 that both sisters felt ready to commit to another big joint project. Their reality show Tia & Tamera, debuted in 2011 and followed the sisters as they went about their daily lives.
Fans were able to see the sisters as grown women and to sympathize with their quest to perfectly balance their professional careers with their personal lives. The show ended in 2014, once the sisters made the decision to live more of their lives behind-the-scenes, rather than for the benefit of the cameras. Still, they have remained vital forces in entertainment, and are fan-favorites to this day.
Tia Mowry had a beauty mark drawn on her cheek to match Tamera Mowry on ‘Sister, Sister’
Tia and Tamera Mowry’s show, Sister, Sister, is still popular with fans for the way it showcases the bond between siblings. It is fresh, funny, and innovative, and often featured the sisters breaking the fourth wall by talking directly to the viewer. The show welcomed a number of celebrity guests over the years, including Molly Shannon, Gabrielle Union, Kobe Bryant, and Donald Faison.
Although Sister, Sister was unique in a number of ways, showrunners were very specific about certain things — including the idea that the sisters look identical to each other. Therefore, in the early days of the show, they actually drew a beauty mark on Tia’s cheek to match the one on Tamera’s cheek, according to IMDb. This practice was, reportedly, abandoned as the show went into later seasons.
These days, Tia and Tamera Mowry are adults, with their own families and careers — but fans still know and love them best as the twins on Sister, Sister.