Teen superstar Mary-Kate Olsen has hit out at criticism she is a poor role model for children - insisting she and her twin sister ashley aren't looking to set an example.

The New York Minute actress, who previously suffered an eating disorder, is adamant the pair can't be blamed for the issues affecting other kids and is annoyed at being constantly saddled with that pressure.

She says, "I think we've been labelled as role models since we were very young.

"My sister and I don't look at ourselves as role models - I think that's a huge responsibility.

"The best we can do is take care of ourselves and experience life for ourselves and not really let the outside world affect us."