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The Evolution of Mary-Kate and Ashley

June 16, 2015

Most people can’t legitimately claim that they’ve been famous since their first year of birth…and then there’s Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. They scored their first acting job at six months and have managed to grow up in the limelight without many of the adverse affects that plague child stars.

It’s really quite impressive how they went from this:

to this:


And in case you haven’t been following along with general fashion news, (or missed this blog post) that last picture is from this past month when the girls won Women’s Wear Designer of the Year at the Annual CFDA Awards (read: big f-ing deal).

So just for the fun of it, here’s a fun little chronological look at MK and Ash through the ages.

Full House:

Every child in who grew up in the 90’s watched Full House. It was THE show.

Moving on to the Movies:

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At some point during Full House, Mary-Kate and Ashley started filming movies. Insert collective mind blowing to every 90’s child who thus found out ‘Michelle Tanner’ was in fact two people.

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They seemed to like the whole movie thing (do what works, right?) because that continued on for a while. Clearly, they were the hottest name in tweens.

The Fan Club:

What is any successful 90’s actress/icon without a fan club? (answer: nothing). Butterfly clips, tattoo chokers, tube tops…this picture is totally worthy to sit beside my Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper.

The Awkward Years = Conquered:

Maybe it’s to the credit of a great PR team and some amazing stylists, but MK and A somehow seamlessly avoided the whole awkward teen gap. It’s like they jumped from 15 to 19 in one fluid motion.

The College Year:

It was as if turning 18 and later going to college (if only for a year) gave the girls permission to let loose from the PR clutch and be themselves. Enter: the boho years.

Defining Style:

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After a while of wearing every single article of clothing they could find (usually all at once), the twins finally found their style. Around the same time they launched their label: The Row…which, in my opinion, is one of the most wearable high fashion lines available.  (picture credit)


A look from the Row’s Spring 2015 line. As someone just a year younger than the twins, it blows my mind to think that they started this line a mere year after graduating high school (for me. it would be two years for them…but still). (photo creds)

My hat really goes off to these two ladies. They have worked hard to get where they are. Yes, I’m sure they’ve received a lot of help. Yes, they do have quite a bit of money to work with. However, at the end of the day, it takes quite a bit of stamina to grow up, discover yourself, and pursue your passions in the midst of every paparazzi on Earth.

What are your thoughts on the dynamic duo?



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