A former supermodel and actress who appeared in 13 consecutive swimsuit issues of Sports Illustrated, Kathy Ireland made the transition from model to mogul when she launched her highly successful business venture, kathy ireland Worldwide. Born on March 20, 1963 in Glendale, CA, she was raised by her father, John, a labor organizer, and her mother, Barbara. When she was 17, Ireland was discovered by an agent for the Elite Model Management company and was working steadily as a model by the time she graduated from high school in Santa Barbara. She soon found herself appearing in numerous magazines, including the famous swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated. The emerald-eyed beauty graced the cover of S.I. three times, tying Cheryl Tiegs and Christie Brinkley, while also appearing on covers of Glamour, Cosmopolitan and Bride. Meanwhile, her annual swimsuit calendars remained one of the best-selling pictorials in the world.