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Mary-Kate Olsen Is Happy with Fashion as Her 'Day Job'

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Courtesy Marie Claire

Mary-Kate Olsen may have grown up in front of the cameras alongside twin sister Ashley, but these days the former Full House star is more likely to be found immersed in fashion sketches than television roles. Since founding three successful and incredibly chic clothing lines with Ashley—including The Row, the lower-priced Olsenboye collection for JCPenney as well as Elizabeth and James—the September Marie Claire cover girl considers herself more of a designer than anything else. “I still read scripts, and if something great comes along, that’s great…but this is my day job. The Row is where I go every day,” she tells the magazine. The 24-year-old finds herself probably best known these days for her unexpected and always unique sense of style, which is as likely to land her on certain best dressed lists as other worst dressed lists. And while the actress is grateful for the opportunities her on screen childhood afforded her, it seems she wouldn’t trade her current situation for anything. “I look at old photos of me, and I don’t feel connected to them at all…I would never wish my upbringing upon anyone.” For more on Mary-Kate, check out or pick up the latest issue on newsstands August 10. —Jessie Goldberg

Courtesy Marie Claire