Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen are corpsey style icons


Here’s the thing: I’ve never really “understood” the Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen thing. Like, do people really, really like them? Do they admire them? Are they fashion “icons”? Whenever I see a photo of either of them, I’m usually at a loss for why they’re considered fashionable or interesting or whatever. But, I will say this: I have a subscription to Vogue, and the Olsens’ clothing line, The Row, is always featured, and some of that stuff is really cute. That’s the one nice thing I’ll say about them, because now I have to bash them.

These are photos of Mary-Kate and Ashley at the Elle Style Awards in London on Monday night. They walked the red carpet in fur jackets, then took off the fur for the ceremony, where they won the “Style Icon Award”. Ugh. Seriously? They don’t have the bodies for these outfits. And they aren’t cool enough to work that styling, with the bad hair and the dark eye makeup. “Corpsey” is definitely a word that should make its way into the English language, because it can be used to describe so much of the crap styling currently taking place in “high fashion”. They look like barely functioning corpses. And why can’t they f-cking smile? Now I feel like an old lady, but seriously! Stand up straight, do something with your face other than “suck a lemon” and wipe some of that crap off your face!



Mary-Kate and Ashley in London on February 22, 2010. Credit: WENN.

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  1. bite me says:

    these trolls scaary me

  2. embertine says:

    Why do starlets make that ridiculous face? Surely they must see photos of themselves and think “Whoa, OK, maybe the totally fake trout pout isn’t quite the great look I was going for”? Miley Cyrus does an even more absurd version of it that makes her look like a duck. It’s HEEEDEOUS.

  3. Maleficent says:

    Prune! That is what they say under their breath before they take photos. True.

  4. Paul says:

    say what you want about them but here is the thing … they made it … no one thought their fashion lines would go anywhere and look at them now … I have always admired them because they know what “FAME” is and knows how to control it for themselves …

    IMO they can wear whatever they want because they could buy and sell most of you that comment … LOL

  5. Essie says:

    I like them, always have. They are very small girls and some of the stuff they wear overwhelms them but, mostly, they are very stylish. Also, I totally agree that their fashion line “The Row” is super nice and the runway show in NY last week got super reviews from the fashion critics.

    I think they are to be admired for being smart enough to do things that have earned them billions. They are very smart young women and should be commended for doing well as adults rather than just drinking/partying/shopping like their peers.

  6. Jillian says:

    I’m with Essie. I’ve always liked them too. I grew up watching them on Full House and I love that they are so successful in the fashion industry. They are smart girls and they’ve made millions for themselves.

    Yes, they do wear some stupid looking outfits at times. I’m around the same size as them and you just can’t wear big, flowy things that swallow you up. They dress like they are 6′ tall instead of 5′ tall.

  7. princess pea says:

    I like the Olsens. And Ashley’s dress is gorgeous. I think it’s Lacroix.

    I’m glad they’re both looking so healthy. There was a time when everyone was waiting for an Olsen to collapse and die, thank goodness that never came about… I’m impressed by these two. Most of the kids nowadays who enter their twenties with the kind of millions these girls did don’t turn out so well. We don’t hear about it a lot, but they’re successful business women with more than one well-preforming line of clothing. I think there’s some respect due to these girls, particularly for being different from the vapid famewhores around them.

  8. Lway says:

    They are just weird. Trying waaaaayyyyy too hard to be sexy when they have ZERO sex appeal. They will always just be the little girl on Full House.

    They cannot even act to save their lives. Geez – why are they celebs again?

  9. GatsbyGal says:

    They’re 23? They’ve been looking and dressing exactly the same since they were like 17. There’s no evolution here. It’s like they’re not aging, which is further evidence that they’re actually inhuman.

  10. meme says:

    these two must be some kind of geniuses because they built a billion dollar empire with very very very little talent, if any. the clothes they design are simple and generic – anyone with some fashion sense could design the same stuff.

  11. Maleficent says:

    Their handlers are the brilliant ones, not them. As if, when they were kids, they knew how to make money.
    Kudos to the people behind them, who made smart business decisions for them when they were young, and props to them for continuing to listen.

  12. princess pea says:

    @ Lway – Y’know, I don’t think it was their acting skill that got them thrust into the fame world in the first place. I kind of knew this would get brought up. They were BABIES when it started. They couldn’t even talk yet, you think they asked Mommy and Daddy to put them in showbiz? After acting through their childhoods, in programming expressly for children and not based on their Oscar-worthiness, they quit the biz. I don’t think they try to act now. Other than the small role in a weird indie film recently, these girls stick to fashion, which is what they love. All I’m saying is: consider Lindsay Lohan and Heidi Montag. Consider Jamie-Lynn Spears. The Olsen’s are doing alright, and I don’t see why we should hate them for actually working.

  13. Ruby Red Lips says:

    I quite like their styling and the fact they aren’t smiling.

    Agree with the poster above, they were babies when they started acting so they didn’t choose it.

    They aren’t paparrazi hounds like some other child actors we could mention, so good on them!

  14. Huma says:

    I like them both. I think their fashion lines have always been consistently cute, from higher end stuff like Elizabeth & James and the Row, to their lower end stuff that’s marketed to kids at Walmart or whatever. (Do they still have a Walmart line?)

    That being said, that last picture is MAJORLY CREEPY ZOMG.

  15. kelbear says:

    I still like them. They do wear some weird stuff sometimes but oh well. I’m the same age as them and loved watching all those cheesy movies they had growing up.

  16. Steeze says:

    they appreciate beautiful clothes and think a little outside the box. i like that. maybe they dont have the height and bodies of models but they still want to wear beautiful things. we shouldnt bash them for that!

  17. TaylorB says:

    I still can not believe they are fraternal twins, they look so much alike I couldn’t tell them apart.

  18. Green Is Good says:

    The sight of Trollsen bewbage is cringe-worthy. Give it up trolls. You’re never going to be sexy. Grey Gardens creepy, yes. Sexy, nope.

  19. lilred says:

    Oh my goodness, two young successful women, who granted have had more than their share of bad press have successfully gone to college and graduated. They are now doing something they love with that education….so yes let’s just bash the hell out of them.

  20. blah says:

    They absolutely are style icons. These girls basically invented leggings, oversized sunglasses/ handbags, and boyfriend blazers. Obvs when the styles filtered down to mainstream they were toned down a bit. Ashley looks great in that swooping neckline and shoulder details.

  21. Eileen Yover says:

    Oh come blah….Chanel invented 90% of what you just listed and the 80’s came up with the rest. They just regurgitated it.
    I like the fact that they stayed out of trouble and made the right decisions while going through their teens, but personally their styles are boring. They look like they are playing dress-up instead of going to an awards ceremony.

  22. TaylorB says:

    lilred wroter: “Oh my goodness, two young successful women, who granted have had more than their share of bad press have successfully gone to college and graduated.”

    Not to be a nit picker, and not that it matters as they are very grounded, bright young people, but they did not go beyond one year of college, they both dropped out.

  23. TaylorB says:


    Eileen is totally correct. Jackie O. wore those giant, ugly sunglasses long before those girls were born, and the leggings and jackets are very 80’s. They are fine designers, but that stuff is retro not new. If they really want to impress let’s see if they can make Moon Boots look cool. 😉

  24. Bobby the K says:


    g.i.g. – i thought of ‘grey gardens’ as well. i think they lead a strange existence and it’s only going to get stranger.

    i wonder if they actually rehearsed the pose for the 3rd photo.
    do other celebs do that as well?

    it’s amazing how forgiving we are to those who made a positive imprint on us during our formative years.

  25. Kat says:

    I don’t get why they dress the way they do, when they obviously have the means to dress really well. I’d love to see them dressed in a polished way once. None of this over the top mix and match bag lady stuff.

    Good on them for getting where they are. I have nothing against them, they’re both pretty innocuous, I just don’t get their particular dress sense.

  26. princess pea says:

    @ Bobby the K – Celebrities who practise posing? Allow me to introduce you to Posh Beckham and Renee Zelleweger. And you can bet good money they’re not the only ones.

  27. snowball says:

    They’re what? Early 20’s? So what if they wear edgy, sort of weird things? Isn’t that what rich 20-somethings do?

    My issue is something they can’t change. They’re too short and tiny to wear a lot of what they do and they get overwhelmed by the clothes. I’ve seen Ashley wear some nice, fitted clothes, although I’ll admit that MK is a lot of whackadoo.

    As for their expressions – that’s their face. It hasn’t changed much since they were on Full House. The lips, the big eyes. Do most people smile on the red carpet? I usually see closed mouths with “the pose.”

  28. Alexis says:

    Ok…they always make that fucking pout face that I loathe so.

  29. Alexis says:

    *to snowball*…I get what you’re saying, but you’re partly wrong since they’ve had plastic surgery on their faces a few times.

  30. NicoleB says:

    I LOVE THESE TWO!!!! I think they have fabulous style. And I highly doubt that anything they do is to try and be sexy…and so what if they’re short they can dress anyway they want to. You never hear about these two in any type of nonsense. And of course, a HUGE part of their success in due in part to their parents and former lawyer who helped managed their careers but atleast they had the common sense that once they were free to do what they wanted they didn’t just go crazy like all these other hollytards!

    Their clothing line is fantastic because GASP is WELL-MADE signature pieces and yes all their trends are throwback but THEY are the ones who brought them back and they didn’t need a stylist to do it….TEAM OLSEN

  31. I must say that their eye makeup always look flawless. Will study these photos and try to copy. haha

  32. benny says:

    I weird, but even when they were 19 years old or so, they looked 50. I don’t know if it’s the eye make-up or they just have strange faces.

  33. Ana says:

    I like Ashley’s dress. She has a great body.
    But sometimes I do miss the days when they would wear matching outfits. Lol.

  34. needsanewname says:

    Hey I wouldn’t mind being an Olsen, they’ve done very well for themselves and I like their style but LOATHE the pose-hard face. You’re not fooling anybody girls, it’s obvious that you’re contorting your face okay and it does not reflect well upon you okay. As if hey care..