Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen creep me right out. I don’t know what it is. They kind of look like elves. Or a Jim Henson character. The twins land the November cover of Net-A-Porter’s The Edit magazine. They opened up about their obsession, fashion, fame and the paparazzi.
The clothing obsession started early: “[On Full House] we would be in six-hour fittings three times a week, because we had to wear 12 different outfits,” Ashley said. “We were designing clothes for ourselves as we were so petite. So I think that is when we became obsessed with it, and now the obsession has become a profession,” Mary-Kate added.
Ashley on fame: “We were nine months old when we started, so fame has always been part of our lives. There wasn’t any weirdness where we decided that we wanted to be famous. Then as we got older, we were very fortunate that we could hire and work with amazing people who want to protect us.”
Mary-Kate on the paparazzi: “There is a threshold in New York, and once you pass that and are considered a New Yorker, they leave you alone. But we’re at the office every day, then home or out for dinner, so there aren’t the opportunities for them to take pictures. For the most part you try and avoid it… [I do], at least.”
Ashley on The Row: “We saw a space in the market. We knew there wasn’t another brand offering basics in a luxurious and contemporary way. If I wear certain designer brands, or too much of something, I look crazy, and I need something to break it up. If you are wearing a Chanel jacket and you need an anonymous piece that will show just how special that jacket is, I hope that is what The Row gives you.”
Mary Kate on the future: “We’re really focused on The Row at the moment.”
It’s nice that the two of them were able to go on and have a successful career after the child-stardom they had early on. It’s refreshing they didn’t follow in the footsteps of so many other child stars, who ended up turning to drugs and alcohol. It’s like they’re the ones who got out safely. Wonder how they managed that!
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