Kathy Ireland was discovered when she was 17 years old by an agent form Elite Model Management. She was already working as a model before she even graduated from high school.
When Kathy Ireland was 19 years old she began her long lasting relationship with Sports Illustrated. For 13 years on the trot from 1984 to 1996, Kathy Ireland graced the pages of the magazine and she was also on the cover for three of these issues. Her first cover was for the 25th Anniversary of the Swimsuit edition.
Kathy Ireland also appeared in numerous films and landed television roles.
In 1980, Kathy Ireland began to model locally and in 1982 she got her first key job when she appeared on the cover of Vogue.
In 1983 she appeared on a Cosmopolitan cover.
In 1985, Caress soap casted her in a TV commercial and in 1986 she appeared in TV commercials for Fruit of the Loom.
In 1988, Kathy Ireland and Dr. Greg Olsen got married.
In 1989, Kathy Ireland was on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue for their 25th anniversary.
In 1992, she was casted in Budweiser television commercials and she was on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. Kathy Ireland then released calendar in 1993.
In 1994, she released a workout video of her creation that was called Kathy Ireland’s Total Fitness Workout, she was casted in the breakfast cereal, Cheerios for television ads, she was on the cover of Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition again, which made it her third cover for the magazine, she had a son called Erik and she appeared as a guest star for Melrose Place where she played Brittany Maddock’s which was Grant Show’s characters love interest.
In 1995, for Bulova watches, she became the spokes model them.
In 1996, Kathy Ireland and Kmart signed a contract where she would design women’s casual wear, sportswear and swimwear. She also appeared in television ads for Baked Lay’s crisps.
In 1998 she gave birth to her daughter, Lily.
In 1999, Kathy Ireland appeared in the Sex Stars of the Century for Playboy.
In 2002, Kathy Ireland released a book called Powerful Inspirations: Eight Lessons That Will Change Your Life and it became a best seller.
In 2003, she gave birth to another daughter called Chloe.
In 2004, she appeared on Oprah where she spoke about her fortune and she also appeared in Forbes for the largest earning lifestyle designer worldwide.
Kathy Ireland has created her own empire through her modeling, business skills and eye for opportunities. She has her own clothing line and has published three books. Her company Kathy Ireland Worldwide markets more than 15 000 products that include baby items, jewelry and furniture. Her empire is continually growing and how far she can go is something that only she can know.