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Price (born Katie Infield, May 22, 1978), is a British
glamour model and television star, commonly known
as Jordan. She is renowned for her multiple breast
augmentations, and her flamboyant personal life is
regularly featured in British tabloids and celebrity-based
magazines. Her behaviour and lifestyle are often questioned,
and even she describes herself as "famous for
being famous". She is considered by some to be
Britain's equivalent to Pamela Anderson or Paris Hilton.
Born in Newport, Wales, Price grew up in the seaside
town of Brighton in Sussex. She took that surname
after her mother remarried following the split from
her biological father when she was just a child. Price
has an older brother called Daniel and a younger sister,
decision to start modeling came after a friend suggested
she have some professional photographs done. The pictures
were sent to a modeling agency in London, and to her
amazement, the agency invited her into their studios
for a photo shoot and to discuss a contract. Within
weeks she began appearing on 'Page 3' of the The Sun
newspaper (topless modeling). It was at this time
that she assumed the name 'Jordan'.
her career began to blossom, Jordan embarked on several
brief relationships with celebrities and sports stars
including footballers Teddy Sheringham, and Dwight
Yorke, and a more serious relationship with the TV
Gladiator 'Ace' (real name Warren Foreman). Despite
Jordan's declaration of love for the Gladiator star,
the relationship didn't last. Jordan has subsequently
attributed the break-up to Warren's severe jealousy
of all the male attention she received.
an attempt to cross over from modeling to acting,
Jordan (unsuccessfully) tried out for a part on the
television series Baywatch in 1998.
she was already a well-established model, with frequent
appearances on Page 3 and in men's lifestyle magazines
such as Loaded and FHM to her credit, Jordan still
had a feeling of insecurity about her breast size,
and believed that implants would look better. Friends,
photographers whom she worked with, and even her parents
were against the idea. Nevertheless, the operation
went ahead, and her cup size increased from a B to
a D. She has stated that she "always felt that
I looked flat-chested when I stood next to other girls
on the glamour circuit."
choice to "go under the knife" was a definitive
factor in her retirement from 'Page 3' topless modeling
for The Sun, which had recently decided on a "natural
beauty" policy, requiring all its models to be
appeared in six volumes of Playboy's Book of Lingerie
from 1997 to 1999. In 2002, she was shooting a cover
to run in Playboy when Hugh Hefner invited her to
spend three weeks at his mansion. She appeared at
a number of promotional events for the similarly named
Jordan Grand Prix Formula One team during this time,
during a period when they were heavily promoting themselves
to the youth market.
private life, wild behavior and outrageous antics,
much of it at European nightclubs, have been extensively
detailed by the paparazzi. One of her first public
relationships was with the pop singer Dane Bowers,
of the boy band Another Level. They ended their relationship
while she was pregnant by him, leading her to have
an abortion. Their turbulent relationship was regularly
played out in the press and Jordan would often be
quoted making derogatory comments about Bowers, including
a less than flattering account of the size of his
'physical attributes'. Their breakup came whilst Bowers
was recording a single with ex-Spice Girl Victoria
Beckham. It has since been reported that Jordan blames
Beckham for the end of the relationship with Bowers.
So began a long-standing feud between Jordan and Beckham,
which has also been played out in the British press
and continues to this day.
the June 7th, 2001 British General Election, Jordan
ran as a candidate in Stretford and Urmston under
her real name using the slogan: 'For a Bigger and
Betta Future'. As part of her election campaign, which
was intended to bring a little fun into a dull election,
she promised free breast implants, increases on nudist
beaches, and a ban on parking tickets. In the end,
Jordan won 713 votes which equalled 1.8% of the vote.
May 27, 2002, she gave birth to a baby boy, whom she
named Harvey Daniel; choosing the name Harvey after
her grandfather, and Daniel after her brother. Harvey's
father is the former Manchester United footballer
Dwight Yorke, although just as during her previous
pregnancy, the relationship ended before the child
was born. Jordan has said she intended to have the
birth shown live over the Internet, but changed her
mind later and decided to keep it private. Harvey
was born at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton,
his birth being induced as he was two weeks overdue.
He was found to be blind, having a condition known
as septo-optic dysplasia, meaning that his optic nerve
hadn't developed correctly.
same year, Jordan was treated for cancer. She had
a leiomyosarcoma on her finger, this being a rare
form of malignant tumour which attacks smooth muscle
tissue and can spread around the body. She had it
removed at Nuffield Hospital.
her health scares, Jordan still managed to keep the
British press happy in 2002 with the revelation that
she had embarked on a secret sexual relationship with
Gareth Gates (the then 17 year old pop-star of Pop
Idol fame), whilst she was 4 months pregnant with
her son Harvey.
(now preferring to be known to the public as Katie
Price while not modeling) began 2004 by appearing
on the reality TV series I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out
of Here!, flirting in the jungle with singer Peter
André. This seemed to have resurrected both
of their careers. Price's antics in the jungle meant
that she was rarely out of the British press at this
time. Of particular interest was her revelation that
she had embarked on a secret fling with a renowned
married footballer behind his wife's back. Although
she never revealed the footballer's name it was strongly
indicated that the man in question was David Beckham,
the husband of her arch-nemesis Victoria. The story
sparked a plethora of press speculation and came at
a time when David's fidelity had already been called
into question by his ex-employee Rebecca Loos.
appeared on Top Gear's Star in a Reasonably Priced
Car on May 23rd, 2004. She completed the lap in 1:52s.
She also made a cameo appearance playing herself in
an episode of the television drama series Footballers'
February 2005 Price announced that she was 5 months
pregnant with Peter André's child.
the name Katie Price, she was one of the acts competing
for the right to represent the United Kingdom at the
Eurovision Song Contest 2005, to be held in Ukraine.
On 5 March 2005, singing a song titled Not Just Anybody,
she came in second place in the pre-selection show
Making Your Mind Up, behind Javine. The other contestants
were the 1996 UK entrant Gina G, as well as Andy Scott-Lee,
and the group Tricolore. She has constantly claimed
she has a recording contract though many in the music
industry apparently connected with Katie deny this.
She also admits the Eurovision was a mistake and is
one of few regrets of her current career.
gave birth by Caesarean section to her second child,
a 5lb 13oz boy named Junior, on 13 June 2005. On September
10, 2005, she married André at Highclere Castle,
claims that she soon will be retiring her Jordan image.
In May 2004, she published her autobiography, Being
Jordan, to surprisingly positive reviews, and it became
a massive bestseller. Jordan: A Whole New World, her
second autobiography, was released January 2006 and
is currently rising up the bestseller charts. Her
first autobiography has sold 500,000 copies so far,
while the second sold 300,000 within just the first
6 weeks of its release.
summer 2006 she announced she was planning to flaunt
her talents across the Atlantic and appeared on USA
TV channel E!. She was only given a controversial
five minutes of interviewing time and faced mixed
reactions from American audiences. She also apparently
well known in Dubai and Eygpt.
July 2006, it was announced that she had suffered
a miscarriage - she was three and a half months
pregnant. Credit: Wikipedia