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DualStar: Ashley & Mary-Kate

Ashley & Mary-Kate Olsen

Identical twin daughters of David & Jarnie Olsen were born on June 13, 1986 in Sherman Oaks, California. At only 9 months old in 1987, the girls made their debut on the ABC family sitcom Full House.

Full House Cast with Mary-Kate Olsen

When Full House ended in 1995, the girls already had their company Dualstar Productions, which they launched in 1993.

The girls in Full House days

Products from the company included games, dolls, and a wardrobe line for girls ages 4 – 14 as well as a beauty line called “Mary-Kate and Ashley: Real fashion for real girls” sold in Wal-Mart, generating $1 billion in sell sales alone per year.

Filming New York Minute

In 2004, Mary-Kate and Ashley began attending New York University for their undergraduate degrees, later that year they released their movie, New York Minute. Since the film, the girls have been working nonstop and in 2005 they took full control over their company. Two years later, the pair were tapped as the faces of Badgley Mischkaand then also launched their own couture fashion label “The Row” named after the famous Savile Row in London.

Olsen’s for Badgley Mischka


The pair have also started a new line for The Row, entitled “Elizabeth & James“, named after their siblings, and by 2007 Forbes reported the twins ranked as the eleventh-richest women in entertainment – estimated net value sits at scarcely $100 million.

Influencers by The Olsen’s

Never seeming to slow down, in 2008, the twins released the book Influence, taking readers on a journey through their lives, reflecting on what and who has helped shape them into who they are today.  never-before-seen photographs from private collections, pages of original material, and interviews with some of the most influential tastemakers in the world. Famed photographer Rankin shot the cover, and the book was designed by renowned book-designer Rodrigo Corral and edited by writer Derek Blasberg. Its four major sections are: Fashion, Environment, Art & Giving Back, explaining how we all can have “influence”.

The Row For Men

The girls are both spotted daily working in their offices at Dualstar in New York with their CEO Jill Collage, and in the past year they announced the launch of menswear underneath their Elizabeth and James line.

In just 25 years the girls have gone from sharing a role on the popular TV show Full House to sharing several clothing lines, movie producing and books. We look forward to seeing what’s new and next for them, but meanwhile certainly enjoy their hardwork and dedication – the world needs more role models like these two. Perhaps we will see that someday from the Fanning sisters who also just announced Dakota will be heading east to attend New York University this fall.

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Posted on: June 13, 2011