“Nothing comes easy. That’s just the way we were raised."

So rare it is to see pictures of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen these days that numerous fan accounts hailing their existence have been born out of necessity. 

These accounts – which share trivia about the twins and attempt to take pictures of them smoking outside their Manhattan office – are less creepy but more invested in the girls which shaped and curated their early love for fashion. 

Even rarer still than seeing MK&A these days is seeing their name in print. The two – who famously eschew all red carpets apart from the Met Gala each May – seldom speak to any journalist, even when it comes to promoting their own business. 

However, ahead of their brand The Row's new move to London – both Mary-Kate and Ashley spoke to British Vogue for the magazine’s April 2019 issue, using the profile to stress that they are simply professionals who just want to design and sell elegant clothes

“We’ve been there, we’ve done that, we started out that way,” Mary-Kate said of their come-up in Hollywood.

“But this is the way we chose to move forward in our lives: to not be in the spotlight, to really have something that speaks for itself,” she continued.

“It was very hard at the beginning,” Ashley admitted, noting that their status as ubiquitous celebrities in the ’90s and early ’00s could often cloud the judgment of a buyer when they first started out as designers demanding to be taken seriously.

“There’s a lot of pressure we put on ourselves,” Mary-Kate told British Vogue.

“I feel like we’re really lucky that we have a great partnership and that we can rely on each other for support because I can imagine it can be so lonely.

“If you want things to be perfect or beautiful, it’s a lot of hard work,” Mary-Kate said.

“Nothing comes easy. That’s just the way we were raised; that’s what we believe is necessary to do something different."

The British Vogue April issue is on shelves now. 

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