Kathleen Marie “Kathy” Ireland was born on March 20, 1963. At age 17, Ireland was “discovered” by an agent for the Elite Model Management company, and by the time she graduated from high school, she was working steadily as a model. She is an American former-model, actress, entrepreneur, CEO and designer of her eponymous brand product marketing company, Kathy Ireland Worldwide.
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Ireland has appeared in a number of television and movie roles. Her first movie, 1988’s Alien from L.A., was later skewered during the fifth season of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Ireland’s other appearances include Melrose Place, Boy Meets World, Side Out, Mr. Destiny, Necessary Roughness, Mom and Dad Save the World, National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1 (alongside William Shatner), Once Upon A Christmas, and its sequel Twice Upon A Christmas (her final film to date). She also appeared in the ninth season of Dancing with the Stars, however, hers was the third couple eliminated in the second week of competition.
In 1993, Ireland put her name on a line of socks. After they proved a best-seller for Kmart, the retailer gave Ireland her own clothing line. She then founded “Kathy Ireland Worldwide,” a brand product marketing company in which she holds a majority stake. By 2004, Ireland was marketing products from 16 manufacturers, including those of Standard Furniture. Ireland’s long-term exclusive contract with K-mart Corporation lasted until 2003, after which the company contracted with thousands of independent mid-tier retail stores for distribution. By 2005, KIWW products were sold at over 50,000 locations in 15 countries, generating an estimated $1.4 billion in retail sales. Ireland’s annual take is thought to be around $10 million, which has prompted Forbes to name her the “prototype for model-turned-mogul,” in an article about the trend of modelpreneurs. Since 1994, Ireland has published several fitness videos.
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