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?

luba on

She doesn’t look good plus both sisters, if you haven’t noticed in other pictures, they have a rare form on their bodies; rather a shortenes in their waist.

Gabriela on

I think she look great. Change is good for the soul!

Loog on

I’d wreck that chick

laura on

discusting

Luna on

The Olson twins usually look like grown up troll dolls. This photo actually makes Mary Kate look good, and something other than the slob she normally is.

Luna on

Oops, I meant Ashley. Whatever, they’re both slobs.

Angela on

I think she looks like Ashley Simpson in this pic.

Natalie on

I dont understand why the Olsens are still famous. This is a horrible picture

Anonymous on

She’s beautiful, but she resembles Paula Abdul in the early 90’s in this pic.

Caity on

I think she does look a bit like Keira Knightly with the angle of the shot, but it’s a really great photo and i think she looks fantastic. She’s definitely is a long way away from her Full House day, in the best sense, of course.

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Jena on

She is ook… IF they filmed more Mary-Kate and Ashely movies it would be a lot easier to figure out what they are doing! I used to luv them but now that they are the Hollywoods famous girls i dont really like them anymore

Judith on

She looks a lot better as a blonde. I hate this ‘dark hair’ phase so many celebs seem to embrace. Yech…

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Anita on

SK, what do you mean “what are they?” If you’re referring to the Olsens one is an actress and the other is a fashion designer. Did you even read the article, or just skip to the comments to be rude and ignorant?

oopsue on

elf. just an elf.

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Anita

Obviously I am not into the “olsen twins” like you sorry, I find it most disturbing that you refer to them like you know them. I suppose you wear the clothing line as well? or do you just sit and watch Full House re-runs? very sad

Dan on

SK, I think Anita’s point was the article explained what both of these girls do for a living. It states one is an actress and one is a fashion designer. I’m not a fan either – I’m not even sure who they are now – but I did get that from the article. Cheers.

Holly on

I like it. The pants make her look like she has hips…curves are good!

Martin on

Yet another important article from People. Americans are losing their jobs, losing their homes, paying more in taxes, but reading about some rich bimbo “getting in touch with her dark side” is more important. WAKE UP AMERICA!!!

mg on

These poor, unfortunate looking little things. Their wealth is a true testament to the power of merchandising. This poorly designed outfit draws attention to the poor thing’s short waist and the makeup completes the whole mess. This photograph (along with the countless other People shots of the poor little Olsen twins) brings new meaning to the statement that money cannot buy beauty. Painful to look at.

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carlos7261 on

she looks sexy

carlos7261 on

i like what she do

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Mina on

She needs to stop talking about things she obviously knows nothing about. Kimora Lee Simmons is CREATIVE DIRECTOR of ALL of Phat fashions. She doesn’t just slap her name on items that other people design and choose for her, she has a hand in EVERYTHING that goes on the racks.

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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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