The stars, who rarely attend public outings together, stepped into the 20-year anniversary gala of the Youth America Grand Prix in New York City on Thursday.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are twins … quite literally!
The former Full House actresses, 32, made a rare red carpet together on Thursday evening during the 20-year anniversary gala of the Youth America Grand Prix in New York City.
The outing was especially special because the twin sisters, who grew up in the spotlight, rarely nowadays attend events together and prefer to live more privately.
Before the event, the sisters kept things simple and coordinated in black clothes, with their blonde locks worn in soft waves with middle parts.
Mary-Kate opted for an ankle-length, button-down, black jacket with a light bell sleeve, and combined the look with a matching black, snakeskin wallet. She also added a pair of pointed red heels and a gold ankle strap for a pop of color.
Meanwhile, Ashley rocked a long, black blazer with matching baggy pants. She also has the look accessorized with a long, golden chain with beads and a black clutch.
The rare outing comes two years after the Olsen twins were opened to Net-a-Porter’s The Edit about their current life as fashion moguls.
As they talked to the outlet, the sisters explained that their focus is divided between work – they lead lifestyle brand Elizabeth and James and high-end fashion line The Row – and personal obligations.
At the time, Olsens’ former old publicist, Michael Pagnotta, told MENSEN who he remembered when they decided to leave a life behind the camera and enter the fashion world.
“They came to New York and wanted to go to school,” Pagnotta recalled. “They had been a sort of hamster and reasoned their lives, and during the first year of college, when they came to NYU, they met people who had a different view of the world. Maybe they got a different sense of what their future might be. And maybe it wouldn’t be necessary in acting. “
He said that at this time the Olsens also realized that working in fashion was what they enjoyed the most. “They understood and seemed to have a talent for it,” said Pagnotta.
Pagnotta said that another possible reason for them to withdraw from the spotlight was that everything became “a little too big”, citing their Full House fame and the task of running their own branded products at Walmart.
“I think that when it got bigger and bigger, when the Walmart event took place, you could see it might become a bit too big and overwhelming, and the ability to stay normal, in the light of that fame and wealth and responsibility, “he explained.
Despite growing up in the spotlight, Pagnotta noted that the twins always had a good head on their shoulders, partly due to their strong upbringing.
“They were always part of a very loving family who were aware that they were children and had to live a real life,” said Pagnotta. “The most important thing that people should know about them was that they were allowed to be children. They had the normal worries, the normal types of fears and the same kind of pleasure.”
Today, Mary-Kate – who married French banker Olivier Sarkozy 49 in 2015 – focuses on her new family when she’s not working. “I have a man, two stepkids and a life. I have to go home to cook dinner,” she told The Edit.
Meanwhile, Ashley spends hours with her friend, artist Louis Eisner, 30.