Once upon a time, way back in the late '80s, there was a baby princess. Her name was Ashley Olsen, and she had a cute little dollop of a nose and wide green eyes. But this was no ordinary baby princess. Just after she was born, a kindly old witch had put a spell on her, and according to the spell, Ashley would live a fabulous, charmed life with all the riches and jewels she could possibly imagine. So that Ashley would never be lonely, the witch made another baby princess several minutes later that looked and sounded exactly like the first. She was named Mary-Kate Olsen, and she fell under the same spell.
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Somewhere, deep in the minds of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen is a distant memory of what it's like to not be famous — and by distant, we mean really distant. The something fraternal twins got their big break at just nine months old when they inadvertently landed the role of Michelle Tanner on Full House. This was, in no small part, due to their 47 direct-to-video films , 16 albums , fashion lines, and a veritable metric ton of merchandise. These days, the pair have shunned child star fame and focused on running the billion dollar company Dualstar Entertainment Group, which houses the luxury fashion labels The Row and Elizabeth and James.
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Ashley Olsen is our girlie-girl; Mary-Kate is our tomboy. Ashley is our blond overachiever; Mary-Kate is our tousled bohemian. They contain the innocence of children and the sultriness of sexpots; they are both intimidating and familiar, like a relative who becomes famous.
First you have to get over feeling like Andre the Giant as you clomp alongside them, because they are small — Mary-Kate is five feet one, Ashley five feet two, both a size zero. They dart gracefully through passersby like a pair of dragonflies, while everyone else seems to lumber. They all do a triple take. What registers first is: Hmm, twins. Next: Pretty twins!