Rather than answering who Kathy Ireland is, it may be easier to say who she isn’t. Although, you’d be hard pressed to find something she hasn’t done. The supermodel, actress, author, entrepreneur, philanthropist, mother, and fitness guru seems to have covered just about everything in her lucrative 33 year career.
Ireland began modeling in 1980 and landed on the cover of Vogue just two years later. Once best known for her thirteen consecutive appearances in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issues, she’s now a household name. She’s written books for children and adults, been featured in films and television, and has a line of products that encompass everything from socks to dishes.
Founded in 1993, the kathy ireland Worldwide brand now encomapasses collections of fashion, fine jewelry, intimate apparel, accessories, weddings, home, office and more. With 3 children herself, Kathy Ireland is dedicated to providing solutions for busy moms. Additonally, Ireland remains active in supporting causes such as Toys for Tots, the Make a Wish Foundation, Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital and many more.
The former swimsuit model now boasts an empire that moves $2 billion dollars of retail, overshadowing even Martha Stuart. In fact, with an estimated net worth of $350 million, it’s safe to agree with Forbes magazine and say that Kathy Ireland the Supermodel is now Kathy Ireland the Super-mogul.