>> Ashley Olsen has been inching out of the public eye towards a more behind-the-scenes role for a while now, and in the upcoming Summer 2009 issue of VMan while promoting the new expansion of The Row into menswear with a Sebastian Faena-lensed editorial, she lays it out for interviewer Marc Jacobs:
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.
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.
Her focus now is The Row, but she's still looking at aquiring other brands: "I don't want to talk about them because there are a couple that could be potential opportunities. We're always thinking of new things, new divisions that are missing in the marketplace."