Katie Price began her career over 10 years ago as a talented and beautiful dynamic glamour model known as “Jordan” and had a massive male audience. At the age of 17 “Jordan” was a fresh faced page 3 girl, three breast enlargements later and “Jordan” quickly became a popular feature on the front cover of the many magazines. “Jordan” became cover girl of the decade and came top in the 100 most wanted women in most polls. She has even adorned the cover of Playboy worldwide. “Jordan” became the UK’s number 1 glamour girl and was photographed wherever she went – she was often followed to nightclubs when she was single and photographs often appeared in the papers the next day of “Jordan” out enjoying herself as any single girl of her age would have done.
It was during her brief relationship with Dwight Yorke in 2001, a footballer who at the time played for Manchester United, that she fell pregnant with her first child. Harvey, nearly 5, was born blind, has various illnesses and is constantly in and out of hospital, and is on medication everyday and will be for the rest of his life. Katie’s devotion to Harvey and her being a single mum when he was born only made Katie an even stronger woman for the sake of her son.
It was on the hit ITV1 reality TV show “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!” in early 2004 where Katie met her now husband Peter Andre. The UK audience watched as they fell in love and have followed their relationship closely ever since! It was during this show that “Jordan” allowed her true self, “Katie Price”, to be seen by the public and the media and they totally fell in love with her. Katie Price has come a long way since this show where her career went to the next level, she has not posed topless for over 3 years and is now better known by her real name rather than her stage name “Jordan”. She now has a huge female fan base and is often described in the UK as a National Treasure.
Due to the public’s interest after the show, Peter and Katie were followed closely by a camera crew during the rest of 2004, to create the intriguing ‘fly on the wall’ documentary When Jordan met Peter. This revealed not only the secrets behind the pairs’ very separate careers, but also the development of their personal relationship together. This was followed by Jordan and Peter: Laid Bare, which screened on ITV1 and ITV2 in January 2005. A 2nd series named Marriage and Mayhem also appeared on both channels and featured their high profile wedding day and surrounding events. Katie and Peter married in September 2005 with it subsequently being called the wedding of the decade! Their wedding featured in OK! Magazine and sold over 2 million copies in just 6 days in the UK alone, thus breaking all records! Katie and Peter are currently filming the 3rd With their series being such a success they have signed a multi-million pound golden handcuffs deal with ITV for the next 2 years.
Katie’s views on life have always been open and direct with a no-nonsense approach. Her frankness and profile made her first autobiography Being Jordan a best seller when it was released in 2004; it sold over a million copies and has since been named as the fastest selling autobiography ever in its first day of sale in the UK. It has also been in the Sunday Times top ten best seller list for over 2 years.
Katie launched her jewellery range in 2005 and in January 2006 Katie launched her own fitness DVD ‘The Jordan Workout’ with the promotion taking Katie around the country with thousands of fans turning up at every signing! This was followed by her second autobiography A Whole New World, which was as equally successful as her first, in February 2006. Katie’s first novel Angel was released in July 2006 which again reached number one selling over 300,000 copies in its first 6 weeks. Her second novel Crystal is due for release in June 2007 along with her series of 6 children’s pony novels for 5 – 8 year old girls which will be followed by a Pony Care Book later in the year for 5-9 year olds.
As her fame has grown as “Katie Price” she has featured in many magazines including American Vogue, photographed by David Bailey. She also writes her own problem page for OK! Magazine and receives hundreds of letters a week. Katie was also voted personality of the year in China 2006 after just one visit and was invited to the John Galliano Show during Paris Fashion Week in 2006 where she sat front row. She wore a dress that he made especially for her! This is a complete turn around from the “Jordan” that was. Katie and her family recently also met the Queen at a privileged ceremony.
Katie’s dream was to have a music career which she achieved in November 2006. She recorded an album of duets with her husband Peter Andre and donated all the profits to 5 different charities in the UK. They sold over 150,000 albums in 3 months in the UK alone and during the promotion of the album they appeared on the Royal Variety Performance and on many more TV and radio shows.
Katie is now an accomplished Author, TV Star, Singer, and Designer and has numerous endorsement lines. Katie makes headlines daily and is photographed more than any other celebrity in the UK and is now an accomplished media star in Europe, China and Australia.
However it is not only her novels and jewellery range that have shown Katie’s creative flair, as her Katie Price lingerie range, which she designs with leading lingerie company Panache, has been flying off the shelves since it’s launch in November 2006! Due to public demand the stores stocking the brand have doubled! Her swimwear range is to be added to the collection and will be launched in April 2007. Katie will be launching a range of hair products later this year and also has plans to release make-up, perfume, a bedding range, toys and dolls.
With the public being able to relate to Katie being a strong minded business woman along side her being a mother, her fan base has now gone from 90% men to 85% woman and teenagers. Katie now enjoys a diverse career and has achieved a status that is deserved and is now a British icon; she is also a great mother and now has 2 children, Harvey and Junior, nearly 2, with her husband Peter Andre. They are also expecting their third child this summer. Katie loves being a mum and really enjoys married life.
Katie loves the colour pink and anything sparkly and bling! She really enjoys shopping – especially for shoes and has a great fondness for fast cars. Katie has also been a keen horse rider since the age of 7 and whilst growing up had posters all over her walls of horses and ponies! She was never into popstars like her friends as horses were her life. She now owns several horses that she adores and owns a custom made pink horse box as well as a custom made baby pink car! Katie is a complete girl’s girl and loves everything girly and feminine.
Katie, 28, is extremely proud of her achievements and is always striving to prove the critics wrong. She has had amazing success being “Jordan” but as Katie Price appeals to a wider audience with the whole family being able to relate to her as she is very down to earth. Katie is a loving wife and mother and has a determination to succeed in life that is highly admirable. Katie’s attitude towards her career and family life are one and the same, her personality and outlook helps her to balance her personal and professional life successfully. As Katie has already proved she can do anything she sets her mind to and is always on the look out for new and exciting projects that can challenge her and help her grow as a person. As Katie often says, “Never underestimate the Pricey!”