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Photos and Quotes from Ashley Olsen in V MAN Talking About The Row

Ashley Olsen Works It in Underwear & Talks Fashion For V MAN

Ashley Olsen stripped down to strike a few moody poses for the upcoming Summer issue of V MAN, which hits newsstands this Thursday. She chatted with Marc Jacobs about her forthcoming men's collection for The Row, and the two designers also touched on her work ethic and the differences between her and Mary-Kate. Here's more:

  • On doing a "celebrity line": "The way I look at it, I had a career as a child. I had a career in an industry in which the media kind of. . . they're obsessed with the young girl thing. But when I turned 18, I moved to New York, and I haven't really done anything to be a celebrity. I've been transitioning from acting as a kid to doing something that I'm choosing for myself — to be a part of the fashion industry. . . the outside perception is very different because you do have celebrity brands, people like Jessica Simpson and Kimora Lee Simmons, and those are celebrity brands because they have their names on them."
  • On working with Mary-Kate: "The Row is really something that I'm doing while my sister still wants to focus on acting. She's my partner in The Row, but she trusts me with the every day. I mean, I see her like ten times a day."
  • On being different from her twin sister: "When I was 14, 15, 16, 17, it was harder because the two of us were still very similar. We had to work through what's special about us, and then the media had to work through it. . . I've never been one to engage the media to say that I'm different. I actually did the opposite and I totally went internal. I was like, "See y'all!" I want to be behind the scenes, and I don't want people to know anything about my personal life. I have a job, I take it very seriously, and I work really hard."

Ashley definitely puts in overtime as an ambassador for her brand, but we still enjoy the occasional public appearances with her man Justin.


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Photos courtesy Sebastian Faena for V MAN, Summer 2009 Issue # 14

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sunshyne sunshyne 7 years
i think she's wrong to mention Kimora, who actually doesn't just attach her name to the brand. she works hard for it. i understand her feeling about celebrity designers though. its kinda nice she hasn't attached her name to it as it's not called ashley olsen.
Suspiria Suspiria 7 years
She looks so bad. It looks like she is in jail, showing her (invisible) handcuffs.
topshopislove topshopislove 7 years
wow she absolutely looks different in these photos!
naziazholesusuck naziazholesusuck 7 years
i thought she was studying architecture @nyu? no one commented, is that her real hair or a wig? did she go dark w/her hair?
daise daise 7 years
Haha! Lefashionista posted the exact same comment on JustJared - sounds like a plausible argument but as some people replied stacy @ 05/13/2009 at 2:08 pm ashley does know how to drape, make patterns, source fabrics, sketch, etc. how in the heck would you know what she knows how to do? i interned for her and she was soooooo smart! @reply | Flag This # 11 remember da truth @ 05/13/2009 at 2:46 pm Ashely went to NYU and was studying design, and the business of selling fashion, wasn’t she? Also, she has had the experience since she was a teen of actually choosing the fabrics, the designs, working with those who are making the patterns and learning by doing it. LOL!
daise daise 7 years
Haha! Lefashionista posted the exact same comment on JustJared - sounds like a plausible argument but as some people repliedstacy @ 05/13/2009 at 2:08 pm ashley does know how to drape, make patterns, source fabrics, sketch, etc. how in the heck would you know what she knows how to do? i interned for her and she was soooooo smart!@reply | Flag This # 11 remember da truth @ 05/13/2009 at 2:46 pm Ashely went to NYU and was studying design, and the business of selling fashion, wasn’t she?Also, she has had the experience since she was a teen of actually choosing the fabrics, the designs, working with those who are making the patterns and learning by doing it.LOL!
clew001 clew001 7 years
i like ashley... i like that she isn't acting and just sticking to designing.
LikeThoseShoes LikeThoseShoes 7 years
lefashionista... not to argue but i think she is just trying to seperate herself from that celebrity/designer category because she is ONLY designing clothes. she isnt acting she isnt singing she isnt doing anything besides working on her line. and how do you know she doesnt know how to make a pattern or how draping works? Either way it doesnt matter... because she isnt a seamstress.... she's the designer.
jaan_black jaan_black 7 years
that's true...after Heath's death and the hoo haa around that, I really don't like the other one...
ren_kr ren_kr 7 years
i really admire her. I think she's doing a great job with her lines.
spicyaroma spicyaroma 7 years
Great interview and she's looking great here :)
redchick152 redchick152 7 years
good interview. i prefer her over MK and i think its admirable that she's taking her job @ the Row so seriously. its nice to see young celebs who have their sh*t together.
Briandiesel Briandiesel 7 years
I have always loved Ashley- she always seems like a cool girl with a good head on her shoulders.
ferdis ferdis 7 years
I can stand her more than Mary-Kate. I didnt understand Heath Ledger's death with that troll.
Marlowe Marlowe 7 years
I didnt recognize her at all on these photos.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 7 years
They do have trolls' faces. But at least she speaks intelligently and works hard. I respect that.
Lukin Lukin 7 years
Considering how long they've been famous, I think she and her sister have handled their celebrity status really well.
jaan_black jaan_black 7 years
she really does look like a troll, no joke...I like the photography aspect of the picture, that's all
LikeThoseShoes LikeThoseShoes 7 years
this is a girl worth looking up to
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