Kathy Ireland - Fashion Model to business women

I had a very enjoyable chat with former model and current business woman Kathy Ireland. Kathy became a model in her late teens, but never felt modeling was her fervor. Instead, she saw modeling as a way to an end – a way to pay her way through college and start a business of her own. Starting with a line of fashion designed socks, Kathy Ireland global has grown to contributing design solutions for the whole home as well as solutions to problems for working moms – whom she describes as all moms – whether they get a paycheck or not. Her business has now sold over 100 million pairs of socks.
My interview with Kathy Ireland follows.

You had a successful career as a supermodel. What inspired you to go into business for yourself?

 I did okay as a model – I wouldn't say I was "super", although I worked for some publications that were super. At the time I was modeling there were lots of other models out there I would believe to be supermodels. I was rarely seen and rarely heard. I was told I had a voice that could "Kill small animals". But I believe it was a blessing that I wasn't super as a model because I not at all felt I could count on that.
Modeling wasn't what I aspired to do – it wasn't my fervor, but I'm thankful for the experiences it gave me, like being exposed to people of all cultures. I knew modeling would be short term for me. Although I would have liked to do some celebrity endorsements, no one was offering them to me.
I was involved and fascinated in business before my modeling career. I saw modeling as a way to accumulate money to go to college and to save capital for a business.

You started out designing a sock collection and expanded into home furnishings, rugs, lighting, art and upholstery. What was your motivation for expanding into home décor?

We start processing with socks – I thought,"Let's take something very basic like socks with modern fashion designs" – if women embraced the socks, then we would be successful.
When we first started out, my resourceful Director, Jon Carrasco and I loaded up our backpacks and started knocking on doors to try to trade our socks. We had a lot of doors slammed in our faces and were told, "It will never work. It's never been done before." We ended up resting in airports to save money. When people say to me, "Sleeping in airports, that must have been quite a sacrifice", I reply "That wasn't a sacrifice. Give up is not doing what is your passion."
I believe that to succeed you need to turn down the noise, the negativity, and move forward. You must know an awful lot about whom you're going to work with. We really made it a point to examine our possible partners, even to the extent of pulling surprise inspections – and we support our partners to inspect us just as thoroughly. Our customers come to us because they need a solution and they need it now.

I understand that you use your home as a testing lab of sorts for new products you've designed. How important of a role does your home play in your day-to-day business activities? Is that role growing or diminishing as your business continues to grow?

 In fact, every team members use their homes as testing labs. The childrens just love it. When I started testing products at home I was testing rugs, and I had my kids take all the nasty things out of the refrigerator and "have at it". We construct forts with furnishings and have pillow fights to make sure the furnishings are tough, but I have to make certain the kids know that it's not okay to jump around on the furniture at someone else's house whenever they're visiting others. After all, their furniture may not have been designed to survive the abuse.
Trying at home is a lot of fun and it's useful for discovering what types of improvements require to be made to our products.

You're CEO of Kathy Ireland Worldwide, and also do a lot of charitable work promoting awareness of family issues such as hunger, teenage pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, arthritis, and breast cancer. Yet, you were also named the 2002 Outstanding Mother of the Year Award from the National Mother's Day Committee. How do you manage to make time for your family?
Ever since I was a little girl I knew I wanted to be a mom. That was really important to me. I made that clear to my team members even before I had my kids. I made it clear to one and all from the outset that I wanted to keep family first – my husband and me at first, but that I would be including kids finally. I'm lucky that I work with an amazing team of people who understand and support that.
About a year ago I spoke at an event in the company of some very well-known speakers, including Maya Angelou and Barbara Walters. My point was that making your family a precedence needs to be a goal each and every day. I oppose with Barbara Walters' answer of "No" when she was asked, "Can women really have it all?" I think it's absolutely possible for women to have it all if they don't lose sight of their priorities. I know for me, when my priorities are out of thump, stress is unavoidable and I get all out of sorts.
Although things change, I look at my calendar and the kids' calendars 18 months out. Preparing well in advance can make a big variation. I've always believed that my business serves my family rather than my family serves the business.

What one factor, trait, or belief would you say has contributed most to your success?
Turning down the noise, the negativity and not getting discouraged. You need to find people who encourage, support and believe in you. And, you need to take the time to really get to know the people you're going to be working with.
When I was young, my dad used to tell me when I was delivering papers on my paper route, "If the customer expects their paper in the driveway, put it on the front porch." He helped me understand the idea that you need to give 110%, that it's important to exceed expectations – to under promise and over deliver, and I see that in successful businesses.
I took my kids to an ordinary amusement park and then took them to Disney World. You could easily see the difference that Disney makes and you can appreciate their attention to detail. A tremendous amount of work and thought goes into differentiating Disney World from just any ordinary amusement park.

Your website is an important tool for your business. How do you keep its message unified?
I'm very concerned with the website. I have an incredible team. I give direction, but I think the real direction comes from the customer – what her areas of interest are, what her needs are.
Some of the content is experience driven as well. We had a close call with one of the kids and I thought, "This almost happened to us – how can we stop this from happening to someone else?"
I offer my point of view on the website. My team members also have great suggestions – like those from Chef Andre and Nicholas Walker. It's a real team effort. Kathy Ireland Worldwide now has an infrastructure of 37 people. The team members know and respect my priorities and they know how it needs to be done. Everyone gives 110%.
I see the website as a Thank You to to women for rotating down the noise of stereotyping. Many of my customers who first bought socks have been following the site for years. We don't sell anything on the website, it's all about providing solutions to problems the customers are facing. I believe that if a customer is going to take the time to visit the website, I don't want to waste her time – I value her time too much.

Who would you say have been the most influential people in your life? In what way?
Jesus Christ. I became a Christian at the age of 18 out of boredom, loneliness and jet lag. One day my mom threw the Bible in my suitcase and I opened it to Matthew and started reading out of boredom. I'd been to church before but never really liked it. It was noisy and seemed like a scary place, but the Bible is really about Jesus, and it's amazing. Many of the stories in the bible are about being a woman in a world that's completely dominated by men, but they demonstrate just how much Jesus loved women, broke down barriers for them and gave them courage.

What would you say was the biggest mistake of your business life? What did you learn from that experience that you'll always carry with you that other entrepreneurs might learn from?
I look at failure as an lesson, and I admit I'm very well educated .Not researching partners carefully enough has caused problems. I learned that if someone says, "No", you need to ask, "Why?" If they say, "Yes", you need to ask "How?" You really need to do your training, get to know the people in your life and who you're functioning with.
I had lunch with the dean of the Law School at USC. He said, "A genius learns quickly, but doesn't sleep much." Most busy moms don't get sufficient sleep – I like to sleep and I don't get as much sleep as I'd like. I work in my office, when I'm on the road and when I'm at home. You need to have self-control and set limits.

What advice can you offer working moms about realizing their dreams, nurturing their families and balancing work and life?
Discover your fervor. You can't truly consign to anything without passion. Every dream needs its own plan – you must put a plan in place. Examine your dreams, set goals – what you want to achieve – and then look at the obstacles and try to take away them one by one.
Look at everything in your life – where can you cut back on expenses so you can realize your dream? Look at the available capital that are out there – get to know the bankers, be friendly and be available. My business started with a loan that was funded on a business plan. You need to let the banker feel your passion and the interest you have for your dream.

What inspired you to write your book, Powerful Inspirations: Eight Lessons That Will Change Your Life, and who do you think would benefit most from reading it?
The motivation behind each lesson came from God. The book was written to answer questions women had asked me. I've heard from men and amazingly, even many teenagers who tell me the book has been very helpful to them.
I've also written three children's Story Reader books that are part of "Mona's Favorite Words". Actions Have Consequences, What Do Mommy's Do? and An Angel Called Hope. I narrated them all at a slow pace, to hold children, especially for those who don't have English as their resident language. I've found Story Reader books really come in handy for keeping kids engaged. With my own books my kids can hear my own voice reading to them while I'm helping one of the others with training.
What's next for you?
Mostly, my customers will decide that. I'll be co-sponsoing my 4th LPGA tournament in November in Alabama with The Mitchell Company. I'll be developing homes with Mitchell Company, which is exciting because I get to work with neighborhood issues, like safety, access to parks and services and the like. The first development will be in Florida .

Who Has Inspired You?

Kathy Ireland has truly progressed from her early days as a fashion model to becoming a role model for working moms and just about anyone who needs inspiration in their life. Since our interview, I've already been able to put her advice of setting boundaries and learning it's okay to say "No" to good use.

Red Carpet Celebreties: 10 Best Emmy Awards Moments

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1.Claire Danes, 2010 Emmy Awards
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2. Lea Michele, 2010 Emmy Awards
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3. Julie Benz, 2010 Emmy Awards
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4. Carrie Preston, 2010 Emmy Awards
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5. Eva Longoria Parker, 2010 Emmy Awards
The exact moment Eva Longoria became the country's water-cooler topic can be easily pinpointed: It happened when her Desperate Housewives character, Gabrielle Solis, seduced her teen gardener in the first season.

6. Ricky Gervais, 2010 Emmy Awards
Comic Ricky Gervais found himself presenting live red carpet coverage of America’s Screen Actors Guild Awards after joking the female host was on crack.

7. Ryan Murphy, 2010 Emmy Awards
Ryan Murphy has had quite a career and according to him, his success is equal parts talent and luck. Murphy is not only the director of Eat Pray Love, but also the creator-director of Glee and is the mastermind behind the genre-busting Nip/Tuck.

8. Julia Louise Dreyfus, 2010 Emmy Awards
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9. Amber Riley, 2010 Emmy Awards
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10. Anna Paquin, 2010 Emmy Awards
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Celebrities wedding in Las Vegas

Most of the fashion celebrities’ marriage life didn’t start well. Las Vegas' reputation as a place where one could get a quick marriage and soon end to a quicker divorce, especially if you are a  fashion celebrity.  A famous pop singer Britney spears married her childhood friend Jason Allen Alexander at the little white wedding chapel on Las Vegas was annulled a day later within 55 hours of marriage. The lighting-fast union made headlines around the world and helped solidify.

But, we can’t say that all fashion celebrities wedding in Las Vegas ended in disaster. Some of the most famous fashion celebrities have got quick marriage in sin city that stood the test of time and leading a happy marital life.

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How to become a great model

To become a great model is not so easy and it needs lots of work and concentration. Models should sacrifice their likes and dislikes in order to become a successful model. Following some tips in our profession always helps a lot and for models. Modeling tips are essential and it is best to say that models should follow the tips compulsory.  Here are some basic modeling tips that the models should follow.
1.Punctuality is the foremost thing that is needed in the models profession. Since there are many competitions existing in the field of modeling punctuality is must to get a good impression and model agencies always look for the models who maintain punctuality in their work.

2.Love your profession and do all your modeling work whole heartedly because our mood reflects our work so love your work.

3.Smiling is attraction but the models should know when to smile and how to smile. Always smiling in poses doesn’t look good. 

4.Follow the instructions of photographer so you might get some model poses and always don’t look for the camera. 

5.Have a healthy diet and do regular exercises. Drink plenty of water and have a good sleep.

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Fashion models ,Have some pretty models and catch their poses in open. Modeling is an art and not every one can deserve it.

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Top Model Aafreen Vaz , refuses princess tag

It's hard to concentrate on looking attractive, as New Zealand's Next Top Model challenger Aafreen Vaz found out. Vaz was eliminated from the contest on Friday night after her photoshoot  who- failed to impress the show's judges.

The 20-year-old student agreed with their judgment of her picture, which she said was taken under hard circumstances.
"I hated the way my eyes looked - dead and flat, no glow in them," she told Stuff.co.nz.
"It was really tough. I was the last one to go up. The parrot had to deal with different skin temperatures and had to come down to mine. It gave me a good bite."
However, Vaz didn't consent with judge Chris Sisarich's comment that she was "a bit of a little princess".
"I am far from a princess. I'm not choosy about my hair. Sitting here chatting to you I've only brushed my hair once today - when I got up." Vaz had a opening to prove she's not prissy with the makeover she received in last week's episode. She "loved" the look she was given, but this was not the case with all the contestants.

"Noticeably some of the other girls are friendly to their hair and a few of them had tantrums and were crying. I think it comes down to the fact that everyone's different."
It was a active week for the models, who were also given a confront to network with insiders from the fashion industry.
While Vaz enjoyed the challenge, fellow contestant Dakota Biddle's strange approach to the task stood out.
 "I understand if someone wants to take an casual approach. But I think she took informal to an extreme. Some of the words she was using were a bit improper for VIPs," said Vaz.
Despite this, she thinks all the remaining contestants deserved to be there.
"The girls in there are a pool that's completely delegate of New Zealand and our mixed culture society. Everyone's completely different."

Vaz herself is testimony that not all models are cut from the same cloth. She is studying towards a Bachelor of Science majoring in Physiology at Otago University.

Jimena Navarrete's Profile

    Jimena Navarrete profile

Famous as Model
Birth Name Jimena Navarrete Rosete
Birth Date February 22, 1988
BirthPlace Guadalajara,Jalisco,Mexico
Fame The 2010 Miss Universe
Height 5' 8.5
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Brown
Nationality Mexican
On August 23, 2010, Navarrete was named Miss Universe 2010, making her the second Mexican delegate to win the title, after Lupita Jones in 1991. Coincidentally, both were crowned in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Born and raised in Guadalajara, Navarrete studied nutrition prior to her participation in beauty pageants. She was crowned Nuestra Belleza Jalisco on July 16, 2009 in her hometown, and subsequently.

she win the national title of Nuestra Belleza México as well, besting thirty-three other contestants during the16th publication of that event, held September 20, 2009 in Mérida, Yucatán.[4] That night, Navarrete became the second successive winner from Jalisco, following Karla Carrillo, the outgoing title holder and a close friend who encouraged her to take part in the pageant.

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Miss Universe 2010 winner Jimena Navarrete

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Miss Universe 2010 winner Jimena Navarrete

Miss Universe 2010 winner Jimena Navarrete was on the Today' show this morning. The pretty queen talked about her charity work and talked about how she felt after winning the title. She positively knows it is a big duty.

Another question that was asked to Miss Universe was about the pageant itself. We all marveled what it is like to be in a high stress environment where there are many hope and many conditions yet the end result means one could win big. According to Miss Universe, the major difficulty about the pageant had to be not enough sleep. Up early, the ladies have to get going to make sure they are ready for the day. Getting to bed later  they don't get as much sleep as they would have in other times.

Take a glance at the video and notice how the host has the Miss Universe crown on her head and is playing with the camera. She seems fanatical that she is playing with the crown. This pageant visibly destroys the wife's tale about ' Needing beauty sleep' as these ladies seem to be running on little to none and still look outstanding.

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Trump Management

    Trump Management

Country United States
Address 155 Spring Street, 3rd Floor
City New York, NY
ZIP/Postal 10012
Phone 212 924 7779
Fax 212 645 4940
Website http://www.trumpmodels.com
There's a new model agency player in town and the name is Trump. Owned by mogul Donald Trump, Trump is lining its board with hot new faces and the results are exciting. With these breaking faces shooting everything from Italian Vogue to Harper's Bazaar to Numero and Allure, Trump is clearly here to stay.

The Trump crew has worked hard to make their mark and they are hungry for the inspiring new talent that will take the agency to its destined spot in the upper echelons of the industry. Their models include Vogue regular Lisa Cant, stars Polina and Hye, rising stars Julia I., Katia P., Ekat and Atong and supermodels Tatjana Patitz, Pat Cleveland and Isabella Rossellini.
The boutique agency owned by marketing and promotion genius Donald Trump has become a major force in the New York market.

With Supermodels Tatjana Patitz, Tricia Helfer, Kara Young and actress Isabella Rosellini on their roster, Trump Models will continue to be a force to be reckoned with.

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1 Model Management

    1 Model Management

Country United States
Address 42 Bond Street, 2nd Floor
City New York, NY
ZIP/Postal 10012
Phone 212 505 5545
Fax 212 431 1723
Website http://www.onemanagement.com
Email info@onemanagement.com
Founded in 2002 by Scott Lipps in New York City, ONE initially started as a model management company / fashion house, but quickly became a full-fledged entertainment company in 2006 when ONE(M) was established to merge the gap between music and the world of high-end editorial and branding. Shortly thereafter, 1 Management (LA) opened its doors in Los Angeles, along with partner Darren Goldberg, to manage film and television talent.

ONE's current roster of talent on the modeling side includes a number of well known and extremely successful models: Claudia Schiffer, Helena Christensen, Iman, Rie Rasmussen, Lizzy Jagger, Eva Herzigova, Bridget Hall, Tasha Tilberg, Josie Maran, Devon Aoki, Bar Refaeli amongst others. The client list of ONE(M) includes Spacehog, Cassie, Duran Duran, Eve, Pete Wentz, Panic at the Disco, The Academy Is, The Kills, Michael Pitt, etc. The current list of talent at 1 Management (LA) includes Emilie De Ravin (Lost), Maggie Grace (Lost), Nick Stahl (Terminator 3), Frances O'Connor (Cashmere Mafia), PJ Ransone (Generation Kill), and Michelle Lomardo (Entourage).

With more and more of its models spinning off into multi-media projects, 1 Management is poised to evolve in a powerhouse full service management company, maneuvering its talent through the worlds of fashion, film and television, music, publishing and product licensing.

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Elite New York

    Elite New York

Country United States
Address 404 Park Avenue South, 9th Floor
City New York, NY
ZIP/Postal 10016
Phone 212 529 9700
Fax 212 475 0572
Website http://www.elitemodel.com
One of the pillars of the modeling industry, 30 year legend Elite Management has represented some of the biggest stars in the business. Currently, their roster includes supermodels such as Paulina Porizkova to Victoria's Secret's Alessandra Ambrosio to current star Coca Rocha to new hot model Ali Stephens.

Elite has an international presence in all the major markets and just celebrated their 5 millionth booking in their 30 years.
Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour, Gisele Bundchen, Tatiana Patiz and Linda Evangelista are just a few of models whose careers were launched by Elite Models.

After 30 years Elite Models is still going strong and continues to produce the industry's most beautiful Supermodels.

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Marilyn Model Mgmt

    Marilyn Model Mgmt

Country United States
Address 24-32 Union Square East, PH
City New York, NY
ZIP/Postal 10003
Phone 212 260 6500
Fax 212 260 0821
Website http://www.marilynagency.com
Marilyn Agency is one of the industry's most respected and powerful agencies. Representing Supermodels Amber Valetta, Carla Bruni, Esther Canadas, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Helena Christensen Marilyn's is known for their loyalty, honesty and attention to detail.

Ranked as high as No 2 on Models.com Top Ten Agency listing, Marilyn has shrewdly capitalized on the shift towards a sexy ideal of beauty and has used it to surge ahead with killer velocity. With an uncanny ability to get the right girls like Caroline Trentini and Irina Lazareanu to the right clients at precisely the right time, they are steadily and quietly clocking a killer reputation

SEE Top Agency #ELITE New York

DNA Models

    DNA Models

Country United States
Address 520 Broadway ,11th Floor
City New York, NY
ZIP/Postal 10012
Phone 212 226 0080
Fax 212 226 2566
Email info@dnamodels.com
Website http://www.dnamodels.com
Only a handful of agency owners actually sit on the booking board daily, plugging away in the trenches for their models. David Bonnouvrier does this and this is an important factor.

Even fewer agencies have relationships that go back a decade with some of the most influential power players in the industry and again Bonnouvrier has this in spades. Add to that the ruthless drive and ambition of a booking table packed with killer agents like Marguerite Franklin, Didier Fernandez and Trudi Tapscott and what you have is a shop pulsing with raw ambition.

Decisions have been made by this agency over the past several years that have posted spectacular results. From runway to editorials to campaigns, the new generation of modeling's most valuable players Natalia, Edita, Magdalena, Eugenia, Eva J) came flooding out of DNA.

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