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Mary-Kate and Ashley Through the Years

USMagazine, Monday, June 13, 2011, 9:38am (PDT)

Can you believe Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are 25?

The twins -- who celebrate their birthday Monday -- broke onto the scene in 1987 when they shared the role of Michelle Tanner on Full House (which ran for eight seasons until 1995).

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"I look at old photos of me, and I don't feel connected to them at all," Mary-Kate revealed to Marie Claire in 2010. "I would never wish my upbringing on anyone...but I wouldn't take it back for the world."

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And yet, after a series of successful straight-to-video films (including How the West Was Fun and Holiday in the Sun), the sisters turned their focus to fashion, creating several clothing lines: The Row, Elizabeth & James and Olsenboye.

"With the retailers, we dealt with some tough cookies," Ashley told Newsweek in 2011. "Their attitude was, 'Who do these girls think they are?'"

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"It definitely took time to earn people's respect," Mary-Kate added.

The fashion certainly world took notice, as the twins earned their first CFDA Award nomination in 2011; unfortunately, they lost to designer Prabal Gurung.

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