EXCLUSIVE: Ashley Olsen Gets in Touch with Her Dark Side for VMAN Magazine

05/13/2009 at 10:50 AM ET

Courtesy of VMAN Magazine

Bye-bye blonde! Ashley Olsen, 22, who typically sports blonde tresses, got in touch with her dark side and dons a dark brown wig for a pictorial in VMAN magazine’s upcoming summer issue, of which PEOPLE.com has an exclusive preview. While Ashley appears serious and sultry in the photos, which were shot by Sebastian Faena, off-camera, she tells the magazine, “I’m definitely a hippie girl.” On the career front, Ashley says fashion is in her future, not acting. “I’ve been transitioning from acting as a kid to doing something that I’m choosing for myself-to be part of the fashion industry,” says Ashley, who helms The Row, a luxury women’s fashion collection expanding into men’s wear in the fall. Adds Ashley of her plans to conquer Seventh Avenue: “That’s what I want for my future. It has nothing to do with my past, nothing to do with anyone else’s agenda. And I followed my heart the whole way. But the outside perception is very different because you do have celebrity brands, people like Jessica Simpson and Kimora Lee Simmons, and those are celebrity brands because they have their names on it.” Although she and her twin Mary-Kate may appear to be cut from the same cloth, that’s not the case in terms of their ambitions. “The Row is really something that I’m doing while my sister still wants to focus on acting. She’s my partner in The Row, but she trusts me with the everyday. I mean, I see her like ten times a day.” –David Caplan

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Jon on

Nice photo.

MEL on

wow, soo different than what she normally looks like. she can pull of dark or light hair. great pic.

can we say mom pants! on

She looks gorgeous but the pleated pants do absolutely nothing for her!!

Astrid on

Nice pic…she kinda looks like keira knightley though…

RV on

Not a fan of this photo at all… doesnt do anything for her… from the hair, bra, pants and belt… dont like it.. kind of pointless..

Bre on

I am a fan of hers and I think she can pull off many hair colors, but I agree that this is not the best picture of her. She is much better looking than this picture gives her credit for and it’s not even all that interesting in an artistic sense.

mary on

She looks different.

katie on

She looks like a strong woman in the photo. I agree the pants are the most flattering but I think it adds to the allure of the photo.

ab on

It is so nice to see her in a different light! She looks beautiful and mature, and I love it!

sk on

nice now all she needs in the photo is a syringe and a dime bag of heroin. What exactly do these two do anyway, i mean what are they?

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