NEW YORK — Supermodel Kathy Ireland, whose resume boasts three appearances on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition — including the new one — is the name behind a signature swimwear collection for Kmart.

The line will hit the stores in April.

Ireland, who has appeared a record 11 times in SI’s famous issue, joins other celebrity designers, including actress Jaclyn Smith and bodybuilder Rachel McLish, with an exclusive apparel collection for the mass retailer.

The line bears the label Kathy Ireland Signature Swimwear, and each of the seven styles will retail for $24.99. Four one-piece suits and three bikinis, in blends of cotton and Lycra spandex or nylon and Lycra, will be fully lined and available in sizes from 5/6 to 13/14.

Among the looks are a crocheted tank and bikini; a one-piece crewneck suit with mesh and illusion details, and halter-top suits.

Dina Tenser, fashion director for Kmart, said Ireland worked with the retailer in selecting prints and colors as well as advising on details of construction.

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