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From Palermo to Culpo: Your Field Guide to Every Fashion-Famous Olivia

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Believe it or not, BOTH of these women are named Olivia.
Believe it or not, BOTH of these women are named Olivia.
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In case you haven’t noticed, Hollywood has a Chris problem. There’s Chris Pratt, of course, the funny-turned-hunky (but still funny!) star of Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy; Chris Hemsworth, known for his role as Thor and also for being hunky; Chris Evans, aka the very hunky Captain America; and Chris Pine, the rebooted Star Trek franchise’s hunkalicious leading man. All hunky. All named Chris. All somewhat difficult to tell apart if you don’t work in the entertainment or pop culture realm, and sometimes even if you do.

It’s recently come to my attention, however, that the fashion world suffers from a similar common-moniker issue: There are so many famous Olivias. So many! You’ve heard of Olivia Palermo, no doubt, but how about Olivia Culpo? Or Olivia Holt? How about Olivia Cooke?

Listen, we get it. It’s tough keeping tabs on which Olivia’s doing what, particularly when — let's face it — several of these Olivias look sort of similar. But that’s where I come in! I’ve done the legwork (Livwork?) and put together a quick and easy guide to knowing each and every one of these identically-named influencers. So the next time someone asks you if you’re excited for Olivia Munn’s new film, you won’t be all like, "The City is getting a movie?" (If only.)

Olivia Palermo

Photo: Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images

Age: 30

Hometown: Greenwich, Connecticut and New York, New York

Occupation: Socialite, model, actress, designer

You Probably Know Her From: Her role on The City, MTV’s reality series follow-up to The Hills, as Whitney Port’s workplace nemesis.

But She’s Also: A model. She’s done plenty of fashion campaigns (for Mango, Piaget, Rochas, and Tibi) and collaborations (with BaubleBar, Nordstrom, and Aquazzura). She also launched her own lifestyle site,, in 2011.

Signature Style: Polished, pretty, and trend-focused, with a particular emphasis on accessories. She’s a sucker for a high-low ensemble, and frequently pairs designer looks from Valentino and Burberry with pieces from Zara and Topshop.

Significant Other: Ridiculously good-looking German model Johannes Huebl. The two have been together since 2008, and tied the knot in 2014. Palermo wore an adorable pair of bridal shorts for the occasion.

Fun Fact: She’s reportedly the inspiration for the character of Blair Waldorf in the Gossip Girl series.

Olivia Culpo

Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for People StyleWatch

Age: 23

Hometown: Cranston, Rhode Island

Occupation: Actress, model, TV presenter, former beauty queen

You Probably Know Her From: Winning the 2012 Miss Universe pageant

But She’s Also: A seasoned pageant queen — her wins at the 2012 Miss Rhode Island USA competition and that same year’s Miss USA pageant paved the way for her Miss Universe win. Additionally, according to IMDb, she had a cameo in the 2014 rom-com The Other Woman as "Raven-Haired Beauty."

Signature Style: Sleek, chic, and sexy. Culpo gravitates towards black and white looks, and is rarely spotted in flats.

Significant Other: She dated Nick Jonas, whom she met at the 2013 Miss USA pageant, from 2013 to 2015, and (importantly!) is the subject of his hit "Jealous." Last year, rumors circulated that she and football star Tim Tebow dated briefly, but neither party ever confirmed the relationship.

Fun Fact: A skilled cellist, Culpo begin studying the instrument in the second grade and has performed with the Boston Accompanietta, among others.

Olivia Holt

Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

Age: 18

Hometown: Germantown, Tennessee

Occupation: Actress, singer, Disney darling

You Probably Know Her From: The Disney Channel. She appeared on Disney XD’s martial arts series Kickin’ It from 2011 to 2014, and on Disney Channel’s I Didn’t Do It from 2014 through 2015. She also played the lead character in the channel’s 2012 original movie Girl vs. Monster. She played a girl, not a monster.

But She’s Also: A singer. She scored a record deal in 2014, and her debut single "Phoenix" is out on May 19, with a full album coming later this year. In 2017, you can also catch her on the big screen in Same Kind of Different as Me with Renée Zellweger, Djimon Hounsou, and Jon Voight.

Signature Style: Bohemian and girly; she loves lace, florals, and floppy hats. She also recently began working with Joseph Cassell, Taylor Swift’s stylist.

Significant Other: Her former high school classmate Ray Kearin (awww). Previously, she was linked to actor Luke Benward.

Fun Fact: As a child, Holt appeared in ads for both Kidz Bop and Bratz dolls.

Olivia Munn

Photo: Larry Busacca/FilmMagic

Age: 35

Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Occupation: Actress, model, TV personality, author

You Probably Know Her From: The Daily Show, where she served as a correspondent from 2010 to 2011

But She’s Also: An actress. She’s appeared in the movies Date Night (2010), Iron Man 2 (2010), and Magic Mike (2012), among others, and has starred on series like The Newsroom, New Girl, and Greek. Later this month, you can catch her as Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse. An animal activist, Munn's also appeared in several PETA campaigns and PSAs.

Signature Style: Colorful and cool yet body-conscious. Munn loves prints, pencil skirts, and plunge-front gowns. No surprise there: Her stylist Jessica Paster also works with similarly flawless-haired bombshell Miranda Kerr.

Significant Other: For the past two years, Munn’s been dating Aaron Rodgers, the quarterback of the Green Bay Packers.

Fun Fact: Her birth name is Lisa Olivia Munn. Yes, she still qualifies as a famous Olivia anyway.

Olivia Wilde

Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Cinedigm

Age: 32

Hometown: New York, New York

Occupation: Actress, model, producer, activist

You Probably Know Her From: Her breakout role on The O.C. as Alex Kelly, Marissa Cooper’s bisexual love interest from Season 2. Or as Dr. Remy "Thirteen" Hadley from House, a character she played from 2007 through 2011.

But She’s Also: In lots of movies. She snagged leading roles in 2010’s Tron: Legacy and 2011’s Cowboys & Aliens, and in 2013, she both starred in and produced Drinking Buddies. Wilde’s also produced several documentaries, among them Body Team 12 (about the recent Ebola outbreak) and The Rider and the Storm (about the devastation of Hurricane Sandy).

Signature Style: When off-duty, Wilde lives in denim, leather jackets, low-heeled boots, vintage tees, and other rocker-casual staples. On the red carpet, though, she loves a sequined gown and a plunging neckline; Michael Kors and Gucci are two of her go-tos for big events.

Significant Other: SNL alum Jason Sudeikis. Wilde is currently pregnant with the couple’s second child, and once claimed that she and her funnyman fiancé "have sex like Kenyan marathon runners," which is probably more than you needed to know.

Fun Fact: Wilde married Italian aristocrat Tao Ruspoli (whose father is a prince!) in a secret ceremony in 2003, when she was 19 years old. The pair divorced in 2011.

Olivia Cooke

Photo: Dave M. Benett/WireImage

Age: 22

Hometown: Manchester, England

Occupation: Actress

You Probably Know Her From: The A&E series Bates Motel, on which she plays Emma Decody, or the horror movies Ouija or The Quiet Ones.

But She’s Also: Cast as Art3mis in Steven Spielberg’s much-hyped Ready Player One, which hits theaters in 2018.

Signature Style: Simple and structural, with a fondness for bold colors. She tends to favor solid-colored minidresses from buzzy labels like Sally LaPointe, Suno, and Paper London for her red carpet outings.

Significant Other: Christopher Abbott, aka Charlie from Girls.

Fun Fact: Cooke has a cameo in One Direction’s 2012 "Autumn Term" tour video, in which she gets a piggyback ride from Harry Styles (!).

Olivia Thirlby

Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

Age: 29

Hometown: New York, New York

Occupation: Actress

You Probably Know Her From: Her role as Ellen Page’s BFF in Juno.

But She’s Also: Appeared in a ton of other movies, among them The Wackness (2008), New York, I Love You (2009), Breaking Upwards (2009), The Darkest Hour (2011), and Dredd (2012). She also served as the celebrity face of Prabal Gurung’s Target collaboration in 2013.

Signature Style: Eclectic, preppy, and bohemian. One day, she’s in a polished LBD; the next, it’s a ‘70s-style pantsuit. Her famously long, curly hair’s changed dramatically over the years, too; she’s tried everything from micro bangs to a pixie cut.

Significant Other: Thirlby is proudly bisexual, but isn’t dating anyone (at least not publicly) at the moment.

Fun Fact: As a student, she attended Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, a theater camp that boasts Mariah Carey and Natalie Portman as alumni.