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Understanding Why Mary-Kate Olsen Doesn’t Want to Be Like Ashley

Can you tell who’s who?

A while back, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen did an interview with WWD in which the publicist asked the writer not to refer to the girls as “twins” or “sisters.” Mary-Kate Olsen recently spoke to Interview — alone — and we think we understand from where her fiery yearning for an identity of her own comes — clothes:

MKO: Well, until we were 13 or 14, if my sister and I did an appearance, we would be wearing the same outfit. [laughs] It would be the same dress and we’d fight over who would wear it in red and who would wear it in black. That was obviously for work. But ever since I can remember, we dressed completely differently. Ashley would wear really baggy clothes and shoes that were too big for her, and I think my first favorite clothing item was a pair of spandex shorts with fringe on them! Leopard and white spandex. Ashley was more into florals and baggier clothes. So, I guess things don’t change that much. [laughs] But I remember the first time we were really able to choose our own clothes for an event was at the Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle [2003] premiere …



… It was still about pleasing our audiences and making that connection between seeing us out in person, but doing it in a fashionable way … Or trying to anyway.

A while back, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen did an interview with WWD in which the publicist asked the writer not to refer to the girls as “twins” or “sisters.” Mary-Kate Olsen recently spoke to Interview — alone — and we think we understand from where her fiery yearning for an identity of her own comes — clothes:

Understanding Why Mary-Kate Olsen Doesn’t Want to Be Like Ashley