When Vanity Fair captured the Olsens’ innocence

I haven’t seen my favourite twins around the place much lately (which I am hoping means they are hard at work on their various film and fashionista projects, instead of providing the usual cannon fodder for paparazzi), so I thought I’d add a little dedication here.

During some Twitter page updates this morning, I came across a reminder of the fab ‘Raining Teens’ cover feature in Vanity Fair (July 2003), where the twins were included in VF’s latest Young Hollywood photoshoot (always my very favourite issue of the year). The pic below pic adorned my bedroom wall for quite some time – in fact, the whole shoot was an indulgent homage to the fresh-faced, saccharine-sweet young teens dominating the pop culture market at the time. And now it adorns my Twitter wall instead.

© Vanity Fair 2003 / Mark Seliger
© Vanity Fair 2003 / Mark Seliger

Aside from the Olsens, the VF feature in question saw the magazine become – for one special issue only – ‘Teen Vanity Fair’ in order to highlight the burgeoning talents in Hollywood at the time. Some of them have seemingly disappeared off the radar completely (well, to those of us who don’t subscribe to the Disney Channel at least) whereas others have reached the dizzy echelons of super-stardom, hitting headlines with varying degrees of credibility. Evan Rachel Wood, Hilary Duff, Lindsay Lohan, Shia LaBoeuf, Alexis Bledel, Amanda Bynes and the three Harry Potter kids (as they were then) all feature.

The full story and the complete image portfolio are still worth checking out now, both for the impressive creative art direction and a nostalgic reminder of what these kids were like in their pre-criminal record/rehab/drug habit days. Aw, bless.

© Vanity Fair 2003 / Mark Seliger
© Vanity Fair 2003 / Mark Seliger
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