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Mary-Kate, left, and Ashley Olsen have a style that translates to big business.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's company Dualstar, which was created when the twins were just 6 years old and houses their fashion lines, has had retail sales of $1 billion. That should be enough to anoint the twins as bona fide business moguls, but given that they have no formal design education, and well, they were child actors, they're still defending their credentials.
"Dualstar started when we were six. And we had a collection with Walmart at 12, which was the upper tier of the tween market. It was before celebrity designers," Ashley tells Vogue in its new issue. “And we were really designing it,” adds Mary-Kate. “It would be jeans, a bit bohemian, or with a little blazer. It was really fashion-forward.”
Regardless of whether you like the Olsen's personal style, or their clothing lines, this piece is worth the read. In a world where "child star" is a dubious moniker, the Olsens prove it can be done right.