Mary-Kate Olsen for Elle Magazine

June 4, 2008 By:
Mary-Kate Olsen for Elle Magazine

Trendsetter Mary-Kate Olsen graces the July cover of Elle magazine. MK, who looked stunning in a silk chiffon dress from Stella McCartney with a belt from Azzedine Alaïa, opened up about her famous twin, on being sexy, and her infamous style. Here are some highlights from the interview:

On Ashley:
“We don’t agree all the time. The way we go about business or designing or making a decision is that we come at it from two completely different angles that at the end of the day, even when we don’t think we’re agreeing with each other, we are agreeing. We’re just getting there in different ways. Unless you’re a twin, you honestly can’t know how close twins can be. There’s such a strength, but that also makes it…” Her voice trails off. “When there’s that much love there’s…Well, there’s the opposite of everything, but it stems from love, and it stems from passion. We’re driven people. I do know I can’t work in an office. Ashley, on the other hand, loves going to an office.”

On being sexy:
“I feel like I can be sexy when I want to be,” she says. “I think all women are sexy. Some may feel it more than others. I personally think the women who are the most sexy are the women who are truly themselves, whatever that may be.”

On her fashion:
“I don’t know—you’re either on the worst-dressed list or you’ve started a fashion trend. I think there’s a real disconnect between the media’s perception of fashion and the fashion world’s idea of fashion. I don’t know why I wear some of the things I wear. I like wearing crazy things sometimes. I like being playful. Sometimes I feel like I’m playing dress-up and becoming a character. It’s sort of like an art. It can change your mood or the way that people are attracted to you.”

On being alone:

“Everybody has their down times when they feel alone, but I think alone time is good. When we were interviewing Diane [von Furstenberg] for our book, she said it’s important to take time for yourself in order to replenish yourself.”