For most people, the name Kathy Ireland conjures one image: a blue-eyed, auburn-haired woman with killer legs modeling a swimsuit. Indeed, beginning in 1984, Kathy appeared in the pages of Sports Illustrated's annual swimsuit issue a dozen times and on the cover three times, including the publication's top-selling 25th-anniversary issue.
However, her modeling career is only a small piece of Kathy, and one she left behind more than a decade ago. She's also a longtime Christian (she became a believer at age 18) committed to growing in her faith and serving others—a journey that has been slow but steady.
"I'm a late bloomer," she admits. "I remained a baby Christian for a long time. Fortunately, God is faithful even when we mess up. Today my goal is that my life will be in line with his will, not my own."
That commitment is an integral part of Kathy's current roles as wife, mother of three, and founder and CEO of Kathy Ireland Worldwide. The enterprise markets $1.9 billion dollars worth of furniture and home décor products around the globe.
Kathy explains: "My priorities are my faith, my family, and then being of service to others through my work." That heart for service, specifically ministering to fellow moms, has not only influenced her company's mission statement—" … finding solutions for families, especially busy moms"—but has also inspired her to write a book, Real Solutions for Busy Moms.1