Fast Facts

  • Began her modeling career at age 17, when she was discovered by an agent for the Elite Model Management company.
  • Appeared in 13 consecutive issues of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, beginning in 1984, and graced its cover three times.
  • Started the Kathy Ireland Mentor Program for Single Teen Mothers in L.A. in 1990.
  • Became a certified fitness instructor in 1994, before the release of her first workout video (she went on to release several such videos).
  • Is the author of several books that focus on topics such as faith and motherhood, as well as children's books.
  • Is the founder, CEO  and chief designer of Kathy Ireland Worldwide, a billion-dollar design and marketing company.
  • Has been named a National Honorary Chairperson of the March of Dimes WalkAmerica for several years.
  • In 2009, suffered a surfing-related injury that was stitched up by her physician husband while on a brief break from rehearsals with Dancing with the Stars partner Tony Dovolani.


  • Erik Olsen — Son
  • Lily Marie Olsen — Daughter
  • Chloe Olsen — Daughter
  • Greg Olsen — Husband


  • Birth Place: Glendale, CA
  • Profession: Actor, Businesswoman, Author, Model

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