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From the tandem-riding Doublemint girls of the '60s to today's insufferable Olsens, blond twins have always been big. But the mere flicker of Elaine and Diane Klimaszewski across a TV screen is enough to turn most hot-blooded American males into drooling idiots.
"The twins are so hot. Man, are they good-looking," says 25-year-old Todd Peterson, when Monday Night Football breaks for the twins' Coors Light commercial. "The twins are definitely much better-looking than Pete Coors. I hated those ads with him walking around in the mountains," adds the Golden native.
"Those billboards are going to cause an accident," agrees Stephen Kaye, a 25-year-old engineer, referring to the prominent Coors ads around town. "I don't know if I'd even call them twins -- it's more like quadruplets." And with that, his table of friends erupts in laughter and high-fives.
The Klimaszewskis have been preparing for such fame since they were toddlers. "We always wanted to be stars," says Elaine. "Growing up, we always said that we were going to be big stars."
The 26-year-old identical twins are the youngest children of Polish immigrants, factory workers who moved to this country -- specifically, Worcester, Massachusetts -- before the girls were born. "Our parents are first-generation immigrants," says Diane. "It was very tough for them; they didn't speak the language. But they have a tremendous work ethic. They never called in sick; they're just machines. My parents' goal was to have a better life for their kids, and I think that they did that."
At the age of four, Diane and Elaine started taking dance classes, which their parents struggled to pay for. They landed their first professional gig at sixteen, playing cheerleaders in a McDonald's commercial. "We've played cheerleaders in a lot of commercials," Elaine says.
That commercial led to a thirty-city tour promoting the then-new MGM Studios in Disney World, after which the twins packed their bags and headed for Hollywood with their older brother Mark, who is also their personal trainer. In Los Angeles, the 5'4", blue-eyed beauties paid their show-biz dues by dancing on an Academy Awards show and starring as Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield in UPN's Sweet Valley High.
Then their agent sent them to an audition for the Coors Light "Love Songs" commercial. "It was just one of those right-place-at-the-right-time things," says Elaine. "It has been so unbelievable. The last eight months have been like a dream come true."
The bodacious duo has now done three Coors Light commercials, and the twins can't leave their house without being recognized and accosted by adoring fans -- almost all of them male. "'Love Songs' and the twins have really seemed to resonate with our consumers," says Hilary Martin, group manager of corporate communications at Coors. "It's an anthem rooted in basic guy truths: They like football, hanging out with friends and, most of all, girls."
Diane and Elaine plan to make the most of their newfound notoriety. In the past year, they've appeared on the Star Trek Enterprise TV series, where they were covered head to toe in pink and blue latex; shot a Peter Gabriel video directed by Sean Penn; sung "The Star-Spangled Banner" at a New England Patriots game; and worked on Gigli, a new film starring Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck.
They've also started their own clothing line, ZipperGirl, which specializes in cotton panties and camisoles, and recorded their first album, Klone, which hits stores this month. "It's a pop/dance album," explains Elaine. "We're lyricists. We write all of our own songs, and we work closely with the producers."
Those songs include "ZipperGirl" and "If You Only Knew" -- Diane's favorite because "it totally rocks," she says. "When you hear it, you'll be jamming." The song, which has a heavy techno beat, focuses on their childhood, with the lyrics "If you only knew/All the things that we've been through" repeating over and over again. Among the things they've been through recently: extensive photo spreads for Maxim and Flex. "We were featured in Maxim, and we basically took over the magazine," says Elaine. "It was incredible." Flexnamed them the "Best Legs in Show Business."
On the Klimaszewskis' Web site, www.twinship.tv, fans can listen to their music, join their fan club (you have to choose either "babe" or "hunk" to describe your sex), and view an extensive portfolio of photographs, many featuring Diane and Elaine in thong bikinis, that can purchased -- autographed -- for $20. "Self-made entrepreneurs," the Web site reports, "the Twins are paving a path for a new self-determined post-Pop generation."
Or as Diane says, "We're just having a lot of fun being the Twins."
Diane and Elaine claim they always knew their "twinship" would be their ticket to fame and fortune. "We know that we are definitely more marketable as twins," says Elaine. "We don't even know what it's like to work separately."
"We're on the same wavelength," agrees Diane. "We definitely spend a lot of time together, which can be intense."
The two speak in unison with almost frightening frequency (sometimes in Polish) and still dress alike."We have double of everything in our closets," says Elaine. "We'll probably dress alike when we're a hundred." They recently purchased a home together in the Hollywood Hills.
"Sometimes we get on each other's nerves," Elaine admits, "but at the end of the day, we're very important to each other."
So important that nothing's going to break them apart, especially not a man. (Sorry, boys, but both twins have serious boyfriends.) "We have different tastes in men," explains Elaine. "We've never been attracted to the same guy, which I think is a blessing. That could get really hairy."
In their free time, they like to relax -- together. "We like to hang out with friends, spend time with family, go to the movies, have a nice dinner," says Elaine. "And what's it called when you go walking in the mountains?"
"Hiking," Diane answers.
"Yeah, we like to go hiking," Elaine says. "We like to go to the beach. We like nature, and we like bowling."
The twins won't have time for bowling this weekend. They're going to be too busy representing Coors Light, both on TV and in person at several Super Bowl parties and at the big game itself. On Saturday night, they're hosting their very own Maxim party, for which a San Diego Wonder Bread factory is being turned into a city called Maximville. Diane and Elaine will be the city's honorary mayors.
Despite such august honors, the twins insist they're still small-town girls at heart. "We're not flashy or showy," says Elaine. "We're just normal girls trying to make it big."