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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen: Celebration to Humiliation

Since I was a young girl, I have grown up watching the Olsen Twins expand their now-monstrous empire. These fashion-forward trendsetting sisters have celebrated tons of success over the years with their own clothing lines, movies, t-shirt ecommerce sites, and so on. Their style is continuously changing and always catching the eyes of fashionistas around the world. Both women exude ageless individuality.  Mary Kate is often labeled as edgy and bold, whereas Ashley is considered to be classic and elegant. Either way I have always admired them both for their fearlessness and creativity, never for their use of animal fur.

The Olsen’s most recent accomplishment was seen at the 2012 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards. Mary-Kate and Ashley were named Womenswear Designers of the Year for their ultra-chic line The Row. Although this accomplishment called for a celebration, most of you may have heard it was short lived. Fans and critics alike discovered that one of The Row’s new pieces is a backpack made of animal fur! Fashion at the expense of animals is a controversial subject—and as for where I stand on the matter, I believe it should be avoided at all costs. It’s simply unnecessary (this is 2012, we don’t need animal fur to keep warm, people!) and heartbreaking. PETA supporters have been working hard to shine light on this topic, but amidst all the chaos, it’s hard not to stay loyal to this power duo that I’ve grown up idolizing. Hopefully this public humiliation will shake the Olsens up and encourage them to go furless in the future.

While unwinding from this media whirlwind I find myself focusing again on the gorgeous women the Olsens have become. I would rather show my support for the many things they have done right, rather than the few things they have done wrong.  My attention is immediately redirected back to their look on the red carpet before the storm. My favorite components to their look were their sun kissed, flawless faces. A flawless foundation with the right amount of bronzer topped off with eyeliner and mascara gives the perfect appearance for a summer night out. An all-natural glow is what’s hot for summer and they received an A+ in my book. To carry out this look—and still have money left to splurge on handbag or two—I would use Tinted Beauty Balm SPF 20 by Too Faced, followed by Manic Panic’s Hotta Chocolata Pressed Powder, a little brush of Cheek Duo-Pink Glow by Stila, Lip Cream-Bride to Be or Razzle Dazzle by GlamNatural and your favorite mascara. You will look like a natural sun goddess while promoting cruelty free living with these animal friendly products!

When all is said and done these sisters have lead lives most girls will only dream about. I congratulate them on their success and hope they are humbled by this uproar. I hope all women strive to be exceptional role models every day. Now have a great night out with these fun easy beauty tips and stay cool this summer!

Until next time, Grazie Belle Donne!

Check out the Olsen’s flawless look on Pop Sugar.

 

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2 Comments

  1. matt g
    Posted July 6, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    If you believe the lies PETA spreads, then I just feel sorry for you. To think that fur farmers needlessly make their animals suffer and are different from every other rancher is unrealistic. The care shown by farmers to the fur bearing creatures they raise directly impacts the quality of the fur, so feeding them a suboptimal diet or allowing them to be mis-handled would just not be worth it financially. It also assumes fur farmers are basically cruel. In the United States it was the neighbor farmer that was raising minks because it kept them busy during the winter. Do you assume all farmers are cruel? Do you think that makes sense?

    You say fur in 2012 is not necessary, but what are the ecologically sound alternatives?

    And if you examine PETA closely you will see their budget does not go to help animals. It funds an organization of jet-setting protesters who actually kill more animals in a year than they save. Please think it through.

    Let’s not even discuss the use of animal by-products in the making of a majority of skin and hair care products that are sold.

  2. Ashley
    Posted August 3, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    Matt G.,

    Thank you for your response. Everyone has a right to their own opinion and I am glad you shared yours.

    To address your above comment I would like to make it clear that I was specifically speaking to fur in fashion. I personally think it is unnecessary, for obvious reasons, as I mentioned in my blog. I would not label all farmers as being cruel, but would have to disagree with any who raise animals solely to make profit from their fur. This is my belief; formulated by my personal research, observations, and life experiences I have acquired as an individual throughout my life. I am not trying to alter, or persuade the opinion of any other person.

    I am aware that there are many industries that should be focusing on using alternative ingredients to create their products, without the use of animals. Thankfully, many have succeeded and mastered cruelty-free methods and I support them as often as possible.

    Unfortunately, no organization is perfect. PETA is often in the forefront of many controversial discussions and therefore has a high quantity of disputers. Like any animal activist organization PETA suffers from incorrect accusations and negative banter. I am not challenging your claim regarding how PETA spends their money, but I am stating their message is clear. Cruelty toward animals is happening and it should stop. PETA is directly trying to eliminate this and has done an admirable job of spreading the word. Although many may argue otherwise PETA is a household name and as long as they continue to deliver the same message I stand firmly behind them.

    Thank you again for allowing me this opportunity to further explain myself. I appreciate your time, and opinion.

    All the best,

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