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Mary-Kate and Ashley's latest venture is a coffee table book called Influence. When the twins were approached by the publisher, Mary-Kate says they weren't sure where it would take them. "We didn't want it to be about ourselves," Mary-Kate says.

Instead, Mary-Kate and Ashley interviewed 20 of their personal idols. "Instead of looking to us and how we've gotten to the place we are today, it's looking to those people that we look up to that have inspired not just us, but so many other people," Ashley says.

The book features interviews with famous fashion designers, artists and photographers, including Christian Louboutin, Lauren Hutton, Bob Colacello, Terry Richardson and Jack Pierson. "We'd run into them and just say, 'Oh yeah, by the way, we're doing a book. Do you mind sitting down with us?'" Mary-Kate says.

Although the twins are regularly asked for interviews, Ashley says she became shy when it came to turning the tables on their icons. "I felt very strange and awkward being on the other side," Ashley says.

The most nerve-racking interview she says was with fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. "I was nervous because it was the day before his fashion show, and we're going into the House of Chanel and he's putting all of his looks together, and I felt like we were kind of in the way, " Ashley says. "But he was so welcoming."

"We've never really met him before, so it was an honor to be there, " Mary-Kate says.
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FROM: Young Millionaire Moguls: Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen
Published on October 23, 2008

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