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

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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.


If we had to dress the same as our sister until age 14, we'd be scarred, too. And they are identical twins, so they need clothes to help their adoring public differentiate them. But even then, we still have trouble. We don't think their styles are all that distinguishable. What say you?

Mary-Kate Olsen [Interview]