Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen get their own covers for the December 2013 issue of Allure, on newsstands November 19.
Here is what the 27-year-old fashion designers had to share with the mag:
Mary-Kate on people’s assumptions: “I think people looked at us with the perception of ‘Oh, you just have everything. You can do whatever,” Strangers assumed we “had enough money to just do nothing-or why would we go to college? And it’s such an uneducated perspective! You still have to grow within business. You have to take a chance.”
Ashley on people questioning how involved they are in their businesses: “It’s not like you wake up one day and have a huge company with four or five different companies within the companies, not to mention our past and future.”
Mary-Kate on their decision to take control of parent company, Dualstar: “There was a switch in us that really wanted to control what we were doing.
Ashley on why she left acting: “I was reading scripts, and ultimately I just said to the people who were representing me, ‘I need to do things 100 percent. I don’t feel like I can give you 100 percent of my time…There’s a lot of compromise in the entertainment industry. I can’t sit in this room and audition for this part.”
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have slowly been infiltrating the fashion world on every level — first through high-end apparel, then eyewear, then handbags and now through their debut scents for fashion line Elizabeth and James, which will hit Sephora stores in late January (though there will be a holiday sneak peek).
In their interview with WWD, the Olsens admitted that the scent development process took two years. “That’s 50 versions not including the various tweaks we made to individual notes,” Ashley said, adding that she brought in her whole cadre of pricey beauty supplies for the first meeting. “People would always say I smell good, but it was really a combination of those things rather than a specific fragrance.”
Mary-Kate says that in order to keep things “as pure as they could,” they kept the fragrances simple with the thought you could layer them. Nirvana White is has elements of peony and musk, and Nirvana Black is darker, with notes of violet and sandalwood.'
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