Fur Lovers Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen Stand Up for Their Right to Wear Fur

Olsen Twins in Gorgeous Fur

Depending on what celebrity rag you’re currently reading and what day of the week it is, Mary Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen are either being praised for their unique personal style, or condemned for wearing strange combinations and unflattering proportions. However, there is no denying that the pair can rock a gorgeous fur.

The twins have been a huge target of PETA for several years, facing angry mobs at book signings, on the street, and many online smear campaigns. None of this dreadful behaviour on PETA’s part, however, has discouraged the Olsen’s decisions to wear fur. They stick to what they believe and instead of retaliating in any way, simply refuse to acknowledge these ignorant threats. Not many celebrities can do this: there are several instances of celebrities being publicly attacked for wearing fur, and they immediately stop (for some great articles on such celebrities, check out our “fur hypocrite” posts). Mary Kate and Ashley have showed no signs of giving in to the pressure: Mary Kate was even featured on the cover of Marie Claire’s September issue, and the photos inside feature her in lovely fur garments.

Mary Kate in Marie Claire

Mary Kate and Ashley also include a healthy amount of fur in their collaborative luxury brand, The Row. The collection is primarily designed by the twins, with the help of specialist furriers, handbag designers, and leather makers. The brand is designed in New York and made primarily in the USA, with an importance put on ethically and locally sourcing all materials possible. The pair have managed to put out some beautiful, classic collections in the past 4 years, bringing the Row (named after Savile Row in London) to a higher standard of celebrity-turned-designer wear. This season’s collection includes beautiful fur coats and hats paired with simple, elegant tailoring that is reflective of the twins personal style, on their better days.

The Row Pre-Fall 2011

More looks from the Row to come!

To read more about The Row, check out this great article on Vogue.com
Photos of the Olsen twins courtesy of The Daily Mail.
Marie Claire Editorial from Lela London.
The Row photos from Vogue.com

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57 thoughts on “Fur Lovers Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen Stand Up for Their Right to Wear Fur

  1. Is it really their right to murder defenseless animals for their skins? It’s so cruel, wasteful, stupid, and bad for the environment. Why would anyone applaud that gross, disrespect of nature?
    oh..yeah, they are billionaire child-stars who never went to college…makes sense

    • you obviously have been sucked in by the PETA propoganda….once you have a dregree in enviromental studies, science, biology, chemistry & history then come back and comment. If fur is bad for the enviroment then go and educate yourself on how much worse cotton, hemp, flax and synthetic fibres are poisoning this planet and all the living creatures on it.

      • I do not agree with wearing fur but I do not agree with PETA either.  Not every animal lover is fooled by PETA’s  bs..

      • You’re missing the point completely. The impact on the environment is a sidebar to the discussion around the fur industry. Crucially , the cultivation of cotton, hemp, flax and synthetic fibres does not involve skinning animals alive or housing them in squalid conditions as does fur. Do you have any evidence to support your notion of Peta “propaganda”? And if you do, does it prove that animals are not skinned alive, or housed in squalid conditions?

  2. lol They are so ugly and talentless, should know using fur makes them even uglier. All the negative energies they put on themselves will end up eating them alive, you can safely bet on it. 😉

    • talent & looks are in the eyes of the beholder, the fact that they are successful is a pretty good indication that they must be talented in some manner and the fact that so many stylish people appreciate their designs and clothing indicates to me that they are not ugly. You obviously didnt read the entire article in that they source all material including the fur from ethical & humane sources. You may not consider fur or animal use as ethical or appropriate thats fine, theres no need for you to buy their stuff, but consider as I suggested dylis to consider the enviromental impact plant fibres and synthetic fibres have, many toxic chemicls are used to protect fibre crops from pest which kills insects which in turn eliminates natural food sources for other living creatures such as birds and small mammals, add to this the processing of these plant and synthetic fibres releases millions of tonnes of toxins and pollutants into the enviroment which again kills animals. And most importantly to have the entire planet into vegans would result in so much land needing to be cleared to grow food and fibre crops that the planet will wither and die and still not supply enough food or fibre for every person currently alive on the planet. It’s time Khamul that you realised that humans need to work with nature and be part of the circle of life and not try to stand apart from it, to condem people who eat meat and wear animal products is arrogant on your behalf, for humans to evolve means we should ensure we are compassionate and humane with the animals we either raise on farms or harvest from the wild, treating them with dignity and kindness right up till the time they are processed which should be done with as little pain, stress or discomfort as possible. Evolution does not mean we should segregate ourselves from the rest of nature.

      • Thank you Lex. Let’s see if Khamul has a response to this, or whether he/she is just going to spout more crap about killing animals = bad.

      • It’s difficult to respond to solid facts when your entire argument is based on emotion. Well done Lex.

      • Explain how flaying animals alive is ethical and humane. . .
        Come on, companies will say anything to bring the attention away from the truth. You know that don’t you? And the truth is, the animals are skinned alive.
        Have you even seen footage of fur farms? I somehow doubt you could sit though one viewing and feel okay with the industry. Go ahead, have a look. I dare you.

      • Sapphire I have seen footage from china where animals are skinned alive, actually all the terrible abuse seems to come from asia and magically PETA or some other enviro-facist movement is always there to film the abuse but they never interviene to stop it. This is usually because the enviro-facist pay the impovrished workers to be abusive as possible so they can use the extreme footage in propaganda films. Very much like what Hitler and the Nazi’s and Stalin and the Communist did to further thier own agendas. I challenge anyone to prove thier actions don’t kill a single living creature- including insects!! Every action by humans including vegans causes the death of some living creature, the difference is that meat eaters/fur wearers are not hypocrites.  If PETA really cared about EVERY living creature on earth then there would be protest to put all the chemical companies out of business, you are aware that trillions of spiders, ants, flies and mosquitos are slaughtered every year.

      • Your argument is like a used up old sock – full of holes.

        As for your assertion that “they are successful is a pretty good indication that they must be talented in some manner” has no credibility.
        Just look at the Kardashians.

        These days, ethics and talent are not pre-requisites for success. Everyone knows THAT.

    • hey you are the most ugly person i have seen thinking of how disapointed your parents must of been when they saw your face,,,,,ehhhhhhhhhhh look what we have made FUCK!

  3. Pets are a wonderful invention, love of our God. The variety is huge and we can use this diversity to good causes. From year to year, I work my way laboriously through the animal world and soon to become a part of all the animals have in my wardrobe. I like to dress in fur, like many other people as well. Let us learn to appreciate again the fur and wear the natural to us. Designers, designers are the furs, artists and art we are to enjoy.

  4. Ouch, until today I thought these girls were cool… I just saw this love for fur they have… I like how they say it’s a right to wear fur… because as a part of the society, I don’t remember giving the right to kill just for the pleasure. Plus they could use fake fur, it would still be as ugly on humans as real fur, but at least animals wouldn’t have to go through this for two little girls’ fun…
    Well, at least I’m happy I can finally stop liking celebrities now I know they don’t deserve it.

    • AH! That one always makes me laugh: “kill just for the pleasure”. Honestly, stop watching Disney movies if you can’t make a difference between cartoons and reality. Maybe make a bit of research (Peta and HSUS are not considered are reliable resources) and learn a bit about an industry you obviously don’t know much about. Even hard core vegans can understand that animal use does not equal abuse. It can (and should) be done in a humane way, which is the way to obtain lustrous fur.
      And for the record, the twins are still very cool.

  5. The author of this article, the Olsen twins and anyone else who has the mindset of these people make me sick. Only a person without empathy or compassion would support the fur industry. As far as I’m concerned you’re a very bad person.

  6. i find it disgusting that they think it’s ok to not only mutilate animals like this but parade round parts of their corpses because they think it’s ‘fashionable’. Is it really fashionable to kill living creatures to benefit our own vanity? No, but what is more disgusting is that whoever wrote this article thinks that protesting against it is ‘bad behaviour’ and they ‘have a right to wear fur’. Its their human rights that they should be allowed to protest against it, and no-one has a right to kill innocent living creatures for their fur when you could easily get fake fur if you were that desperate to look like an animal died on you.

  7. I am from California Sherman oaks and i wear fur 24.7 it is very warm LOL  seriously leave them alone it is their life  my mom hates fur but i love it so she is out ruled by me my name is Brittany myntwin is Kimberley we wear fur i am 25 and 26 in June 13    IT IS THEIR LIFE IF THEY WANT TO GO INTO A CENTER AND BUY FUR SO BE IT OK  🙂   ❤ HERE SAFFIRE YOU R A HAG LEAVE THEM ALONE LOOZER ILOVE OLSENS THEY HAVE BEEN THROUGH ALOT OK :):) BY BRITTANY AND KIMBERLEY ITS  CALLED ANIMAL WEAR GET OVER IT AND OLSEN IS ONE L NOT TWO DORK

    • What an incredibly ignorant self-centered sad excuse for a human being you are!!
      Try looking up the words compassion & empathy , you are in a severe case of NEEDING some!!

      • WHAT R U THE COPS  SADO ICOME FROM THE STATES U COME FROM WHERE GARBAGE TRUCK?????? IM 18 YOU R LIKE 500 IFIND IT  INTRESTING U LOOK LIKE FUCK  WHA EVER GIMP GO DIE  U COFFIN DODGER BY M-K XOXOXO

  8. hi i made a comment it is just below me here please feel free to press like or just write agree i went in to macys and bought a light brown fur coat and fur boots with pom poms its fine to wear fur i go into a shopping center and buy different color fur stuff.Just deal with it dorks freakin hell seriously you r so OTT (over the top)SEE YA LATER LOVE BRITTANY AND KIMBERLEY 🙂 XOXOXOX

  9. You say its ” their life” , how ignorant  fans can be – well the animals the fur RIGHTFULLY belonged to was ” THEIR LIFE” !!
    Before they were murdered for Vanity!

    How would you like to be killed cus someone thought YOUR SKIN would look good as an extra layer?..
    Dont think YOU or anyone else with this selfish, torturous mindset would approve…  OK!!

  10. I am the biggeset fan of the twins ever i do not appreciate u calling them trollsen twins or trashley and hairy kate im pissed off and i have only just started writting how dare you GUEST let me say  this u r deffnitly not going to be my guest i am american citizen like every other true american i do not like anyone who hates the olsens i am  a cheerleader at my school Cambell Hall I am from California sherman oaks… Here GUEST want to hear something THE BEST THING ABOUT WEARING FUR AND I  THINK ABOUT THEY WERE BASHED OFF WALLS AND  WERE BASHED AND SLAUGHTERED TO DEATH YESSSS!!!!!!!!!!! IT REALY CHEERS ME UP OH ARE YOU AMERICAIN ????I HOPE THEY DIED IN PAIN AND I HOPE THAT THEY WILL BECOME EXTINCT SOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THEN I CAN HAVE 500 WARDROBES FULL OF FUR COATS AND I WILL LAUGH BECAUSE THEY WERE SLAUGHTERED TO DEATH WOOOOOHOOOOOOOOO IM GETTING HAPPY JUST THINKING ABOUT IT      ALL DIFFRENT COLORS OF FUR FROM BLOOMINDAILS AND MACYS      BYE GUEST WHEN U R GOING TO BED JUST REMEMBER THEY WERE SLAUGHTERED TO DEATH………………………..                                                                                    

    • HAG SLUT THAT AINT U OR ISIT IM CALLED JAMES BENNET IM LIKING U MEET ME AT CENTRAL PARK OR NOT U ARE WRONG ABOUT FUR NASTY IM 20 U ……….

      • WELL IAM A CHEERLEADER SO I AM PROBABLY A SLUT I DRESS ABIT REVAILING DO U THINK IAM A SLUT??????????                                                IAM 18 AND I FINISH HIGH THIS SEMESTER WOOHOOOOOOOOO…………   WHERE BOUTS IN SOUTHERN AMERICA DO YOU LIVE IS IT MISSISIPI OR TEXAS,ST LOUIS WHERE??????????  DO U WANT TO MEET UP SOMETIME ME AND MY TWIN WILL PAY FOR THE FLIGHTS WELL??????????  DO U HAVE A GIRL FRIEND????? DO YOU LIKE ME AND KIMBERLEY????????? I LIKE U XOXOX LOVE K + B LOHAN

    • hey just saw this feel so bad shud of told u this earlier u cant send pics  how long since u started this??????????  so is their love ❤ in the air withu 3 love birds u and twin and Guest ohhhhhoooooooo  xoxoxoxo love ya olsens u girls win every battle saying your slaughter message so funny everyones talking about it at westend middle school

      • hi me and my twin r 18 AND WILL BE LEAVING SOON  WHAT AGE R U YASMIN?? 
        IS WESTEND MIDDLE SCHOOL IN NASHVILLE OR WEST YORKSHIRE????????   R U A CHEERLEADER IF U R R U ON GOOGLE WE ARE WE R BLONDE SLAPS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  SEND PIC R U ON FACEBOOK WHAT IS YOUR NAME????????????

    • ITS KIMBERLY U LIKE CHOCO DONAUGHTS CREAM CANDY SOFT DRINKS LIKE FANTAND COKE SYRUPE WAFFLES AND MARSHMALLOW FLUFF IM ANOREXIC U IMACHEERLEADER IM BIG LOOK ME UP U TUBE CANT WALK THROUGH STREETS IM FROM CALIFORNIASHERMAN OAKS U WEST END MIDDLE SCHOOL YORKSHIRE

  11. mmmmm sounds nice and jelly dohnuts I don’t have Facebook I’m from America not Yorkshire:)like u 2am u like my school??? Did u even c it love ure mate yasmin

  12. Yea wearing fur is not something you want to advocate and admit to be proud of. It’s weird. They only prove how ignorant they are by acting as if animals are not getting skinned alive for them to wear it to a catwalk and then abandon it in their closets because it is out of style now. I grew up watching these girls and I admired them as a child. Also people like Jennifer Lopez but seriously, the torturous pain it takes for an animal to undergo for a fur coat that will be out of season and useless to a fashionista later on in the year, is stupid and inhumane. Period.

  13. I LOVE THE U.S.A LONG LIVE AMERICA XOXXO HOW  STRONG U R AND I AM  SO GLAD TO BE AMERICAN  GOD BLESS AMERICIAN CITIZENS WRITE AGREE IF U LIKE OR JUST LIKE LOL GOD I DO LOVE AMERICA DO U??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  14. fucking vile. fur is not a fashion statement, It’s death. it says you can’t think for yourself, or perhaps that you’re just that selfish to wear the body of another being for vanity. 

  15. Would their wear the mutilated corpse of a human as well? How can you praise them for ‘defending their rights’ by taking away the rights of the most innocent of creatures? Being unabashed about trampling and stealing the lives of animals is by no means a positive attribute in my opinion…

  16. Lovely fur garments? Such an idiot who made this article. And the Olsen twins need to feel what the racoons, bunnies, dogs, cats, foxes, etc. feel! Damn stupids.

  17. YOU ALL SHOULD  FUCK UP  IM 16  LOVE CHEERLEADING THEY ARE FUCKING AWESOME IM GOING TO FIND U JAQULINE ELIOT  DID I SPELL IT RONG TUFF U ARE FUCK UGLY U SHOULD BE SCARED TO LEAVE YOUR HOUSE U ARE GROOSE EHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH ALL OF USE WHO HAVE INSULTED THEM ARE DEAD  THIS SITE IS NOT A PLECE 2 BE MEAN U   FUCKERS I  WILL COCK U AND U  ALL ARE   MELTERS HA I WOULD  DIE IF I LOOKED LIKE U EHHH I WOULD HAVE A BED OF FUR I DONT CARE AND I  HAVE FUR SHOES AND FUR COATS AND A FUR HEELS AND  HEELED BOOTS AND  LOADS OFOF FUR HEELS AND A FUR BOOBTUBE OH AND   DO U HAVE A HAT SCARF GLOVESS AND UGGS THEY ALL ARE  FUR SO  DONT INSULT THEM MY JOB CHEERLEADER AND  POLE DANCING AND STRUIP SO I DONT  CARE  IM GOERGOEUS AND LOVE MAKA UP AND U  JACQUELINE ELLIOT U NEED  TO WEAR MAK UP SO DO, U ENGLISH ARENT U U SNOB STOP IN SULTING AMERICA U ENGLISH BRAT AND I HOPE U ROT IN  HELL MELTER IF U SAY ONE MORE THING RUDE I WILL KILL U  I WANT U TO SAY A NIICE COMMENT NOW SAY SORRY 4 BEING   SO FUCKING RUDE I APOLOGISE SOZ  I AM   SO RUDE   IAM UGLEY THEN SA SO SORRY I HATE MY SELF  I LOVE   THINKING ABOUT   THE ANIMALS WHO DIED LOVE JAQUELINE  ELLIOT                                                                           LOVE MARYKATE U BETTER DO IT O R WILL GET A PLANE 22 ENGAND OR WERE EVER U LIVE EVYONE ELSE FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER IM CALLED MARY KATE26  NEED HYPHEN IN BETWEEN MARY AND KATE   PIC OF CALIFORNIA FLAG  I  TALK ABOUT CHEERLEADING

  18. DO IT NOW AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I MEAN U NEED A FACE TRANSPLANT NOT JUST MAKEUP EEEEEEEEHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH U EHHHHHH UEHHH GROSE ILOVE ME  HATE U

  19. Dear Suzanne, If you regard killing endangered animals for vanity’s sake as acceptable, then that is a choice which you are free to live with. The morality of it all is not for here. What I would prefer to focus on is the subjectivity of your article and as any good writer would know – you would be better served focusing on the facts rather than allowing your personal opinions and or prejudices to play out . For example, could you please qualify what you mean in your statement “None of this dreadful behaviour on PETA’s part however, has discouraged the Olsen’s decisions to wear fur.” What in your narrow subjective mind constitutes “dreadful” behaviour? Has it not occurred to you that any decision by these twins to continue wearing fur may well be born out of ignorance or a lack of conscience? Peta’s objective is clearly to point out that what these girls are doing is wrong. And that is not a moral judgement. It’s a fact. The methods employed by Peta, as “dreadful” as you purport them to be is essentially a sidebar to the real issue which is that these twins will never command respect from those who understand the cruelty associated with the fur industry. Those who are informed and aware will never support these girls. Those who aren’t, sadly will.

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