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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Carrie on

Normally I’m not a fan of either Olsen, but she looks great in this.

SANDRA on

I personally don’t like how she looks in this picture because it doesn’t even look like her. It kind of does when you stare at it for a long time but I feel like she’s trying to hard to bring out her “dark” side. BLEH

Monica on

Her face and new hair are a beautiful combo but they should put her in a pin-up style pose and outfit. I know she may be a little skinny but that would look much better then those wool pants.

Nat on

Oh dear. What would her parents think, lol.

Pamela on

To SK, so you’re familiar with syringes and dime bags of heroin ? What a class act you are.

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