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Twins Peak

LOS ANGELES — They’re not the girls most likely to succeed —they already have. Sixteen-year-old twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have built a multimillion-dollar empire selling their wholesome look and lifestyle through movies, tv,...

Mary-Kate, left, wears Michael Stars’ cotton T-shirt and Bella Dahl’s cotton stretch jeans. Leatherock belt, Jessica Elliott necklace, Tarina Tarantino and Erica Courtney rings, Ginger Bort for Susan Bessire cuff, David Aaron shoes. Ashley...

Mary-Kate, left, wears Michael Stars’ cotton T-shirt and Bella Dahl’s cotton stretch jeans. Leatherock belt, Jessica Elliott necklace, Tarina Tarantino and Erica Courtney rings, Ginger Bort for Susan Bessire cuff, David Aaron shoes. Ashley...

LARRY BARTHOLOMEW

LOS ANGELES — They’re not the girls most likely to succeed —they already have. Sixteen-year-old twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have built a multimillion-dollar empire selling their wholesome look and lifestyle through movies, tv, magazines and a clothing line for tweens. Now they’re about to take on the junior market and WWD caught up with them as they gear up for their latest challenge. For more, see pages 6 to 8.

This story first appeared in the September 19, 2002 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.