Kathy Ireland (Kathleen Marie Ireland) is an American former model and actress turned author and entrepreneur.

Kathy Ireland Biography

Ireland was born in Glendale, California, the daughter of John and Barbara Ireland. She has two sisters, Cynthia Ireland and Mary Ireland. For her education, she graduated from San Marcos High School near Santa Barbara, California.

She grew up in Santa Barbara, California, where she did some odd jobs as a child, like selling colored rocks and distributing newspapers in the mornings. This would become her building and springboard for her career as an entrepreneur. 

Her interest in modeling began when she was in high school. Her mesmerizing body and her only attitude helped her to become a model in the Elite Modeling Agency who selected her from her school.

She is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 132 pounds (60 kg). She has a slim body that complements her brown hair and hazel eyes well.

Kathy Ireland Nude

When she playfully was posing in soaking wet swimwear for the boob-tube special Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit 1989 (1989), it was no surprise she was deciding to pursue an acting career.

But it sure was made the pants here at Skin Central tighten in anticipation of seeing the beautiful brunette flash on film! Our desires  met when the hottie showed up in a red-hot bikini top during the sci-fi teen romp Alien from L.A. (1988) and nothing but a towel in the sports comedy Necessary Roughness (1991).

By 1992, she was  displayingher cleavage in Mom and Dad Save the World; donnating a sexy swimsuit beneath a waterfall in Danger Island; and adorned her bodacious bod in barely-there black skivvies for TV’s Tales from the Crypt. The shapely babe was revealing her comic timing and killer curves in the action comedy Loaded Weapon 1 (1993) wherein she was wearing a skintight black gown as well as a white mini to parody Sharon Stone.

A recurring role on the primetime soap Melrose Place (1994) was followed, as did parts in movies such as Backfire! (1995) and Miami Hustle (1996). Unfortunately, none of these projects were projecting her hidden talents since Ms. Ireland has the dreaded Sandra Bullock no-nudity clause in her contract. She even was  wearing pasties when she’s supposed to be topless!

At least, she shook her body in skimpy costumes on Dancing with the Stars (2009). Even though she was the third contestant to be voted off, she’s still a winner to us! Irish that Ms. Ireland would show her four leaf clovers!

Kathy Ireland Net Worth

She acquired the majority of her net worth through a successful modeling career, which she capitalized on by creating a branded goods marketing company called Kathy Ireland Worldwide. 

The estimated net worth of her is around $500 million. She has an estimated sales value of $2.5 billion a year. However, Kathy Ireland’s husband, Greg Olsen, is still under review, but will update as soon as it’s clear.

Kathy Ireland Career

Her modeling career began in 1979, at the age of sixteen, when she was recruited by Elite Model Management. She has also appeared on the covers of Vogue, Forbes, Cosmopolitan, and Mademoiselle.

In addition to modeling, she has also appeared in various television and movie roles. Her first film was 1988’s Alien from LA, which was later skewered during the fifth season of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Other Irish film appearances include Boy Meets World, Melrose Place, Mom and Dad Save the World, Side Out, The Larry Sanders Show, Muppets Tonight, Needed Roughness, Mr. Destiny, National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1 (as Miss Destiny Demeanor), Once Upon a Christmas, and its sequel Twice Upon a Christmas.

In addition, she participated in the ninth season of Dancing with the Stars, where she and her partner Tony Dovolani were the third couple eliminated in the second week of competition.

Ireland made an appearance in the sixth episode of the fourth season of The Profit in 2016, offering advice to Murchison-Hume CEO Max Kater.

In 1993, Kathy Ireland Worldwide was founded as a brand marketing company in an exclusive business relationship with Kmart. 

Kathy Ireland Worldwide (kiWW) grew to become one of the world’s most valuable global licensors after severing its ties with the department store chain in 2003. It has consistently ranked in the top 50 licensors, most recently ranking 26th on License Global’s ‘Top 150 Global Licensors‘ 2019 list with $2.6 billion in retail sales.

It has expanded into many different product categories, including fashion apparel, wedding, home, fine jewelry, children’s toys, babies, and books, publishing, crafts, gifts, and pet care.

Kathy Ireland Honours & Awards

On June 23, 2011, Ireland was honored by the Anti-Defamation League with the American Heritage Award, presented by the National Home Furnishing Industry.  In 2012, Ireland received the Messenger of Peace Award at the Jewish National Fund’s Tree of Life Gala. 

The same year, Ireland was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by California State University, which stated that it “generously uses its power and influence to benefit others, supporting social causes, including the empowerment of women, supporting girls through mentoring and providing opportunities to girls and women at risk.”

Ireland has been nominated as one of 17 finalists for the first ever Global Business & Interith Peace Award by the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation (a US-based non-profit organization) and the Global Compact’s Business for Peace initiative The United Nations . 

On October 13, 2017, at the “Meet Kathy Ireland Event” hosted by Amini, Ireland received the key to the city of High Point, North Carolina.

Books by Kathy Ireland

Ireland has also written numerous books, most of them for children.

  • Powerful Inspirations: Eight Lessons That Will Change Your Life (co-authored with Laura Morton)
  • Real Solutions for Busy Moms: Your Guide to Success and Sanity
  • Real Solutions: 52 God-Inspired Messages From My Heart
  • Mona’s Favorite Words
  • What do moms do?
  • An angel called hope
  • Where are the bears?
  • Choo-choo colors
  • Who wears what
  • Gracie and Delilah: A Tale of Two Precious Puppies
  • A big kid’s book set consisting of Proud to Potty, Brush Up and Tubbie Time
  • Farm Friends Blocky Books: Cow, Sheep and Pig
  • Safari Friends Blocky Books: Giraffe, Lion and Zebra
  • A novel; trendy jungle
Kathy Ireland Rugs

Kathy has been involved in the carpet manufacturing business. She in a certain tone she said: “Our Kathy ireland Home by Nourison collections are among the most beautiful rugs in the world. 

Designers, decorators and style makers celebrate Nourison as a purveyor of luxury. Developing new products with these fashion leaders is the realization of a dream. Our company has been developing flooring for years…Finally, we have the best’.

Kathy Ireland Sports Illustrated

During the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 50th Anniversary event, Ireland’s 1989 cover was awarded ‘Sports Illustrated’s Greatest Swimsuit Cover of All Time’ by its publisher.

Kathy Ireland Furniture

On the advice of Warren Buffett, Ireland’s friend and mentor,  Kathy Ireland Worldwide soon entered the home furnishings business. “Fashion and clothing are constantly changing, but at home it’s more constant,” Buffett said. 

As early as 2004, Ireland’s annual take was thought to be around $10 million. Forbes described Ireland as a “prototype model-turned-tycoon” in a 2006 article on the trend of model entrepreneurs . 

In 2004, Kathy Ireland Worldwide carried products from 16 manufacturers, including Nourison and Pacific Coast Lighting, selling them in more than 34,000 retail outlets in 14 countries. 

Between 2005 and 2012, Ireland-branded products generated $2 billion in annual retail sales and the company became a leader in its industry.  In a May 2012 British Vogue article , Ireland was called the world’s richest model. 

Subsequently, Ireland began to design wedding dresses and dresses for social occasions. She launched her line of wedding dresses by presenting a fashion show at the Festival of Brides held at the Disneyland Resort in 2012. Sterling/Winters Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of kathy ireland Worldwide, which is the management company of Janet Jackson

American Legend launched a Kathy Ireland collection consisting of 30 styles, which debuted at Macy’s in the fall of 2011. Ireland is the lead designer for Royal Footwear & Accessories (The RFA Group).  She has established a relationship with the manufacturer Gorham who designs dinnerware, glassware and cutlery. 

Ireland designed a jewelry collection inspired by Elizabeth Taylor.  Ireland launched a collection of pet products called Loved Ones, which includes luxury furniture, bowls, collars, toys and bedding. 

She partnered with Worldwise Inc., a San Rafael, California-based pet products company, to create the pet collection.

Kathy Ireland Age

Kathy was born on March 20, 1963 in Glendale, California, United States. She is 56 years old as of 2019.

She currently resides in Santa Barbara, California, USA. She is also a strong Christian and has raised her children in faith and religion.

Kathy Ireland Private Life

Ireland married a doctor, Greg Olsen, on August 20, 1988.

Together they have three children: Erik, Lily, and Chloe. She currently lives in Southern California with her husband, an emergency room doctor, and her children. She enjoys being a full-time mom and she is also still a Sunday school teacher.

Kathy and her husband Greg are the proud parents of three children: Erik, Lily and Chloe.

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