|Joanna Gaines Quick Info
|5 ft 7 in
|Date of Birth
|April 19, 1978
Joanna Gaines is a Texas-based interior design maven who became a recognizable face starring in the HGTV reality series, Fixer Upper (2013-2018). The show was filmed in Waco, Texas for 5 seasons that converted Joanna’s hometown into a tourism hotspot. Along with her husband Chip, the couple owns several business ventures under the Magnolia brand. They give back to their community through the Magnolia foundation. Chip and Jo continue to share their expertise in the domain of flipping houses through their quarterly magazine called the Magnolia Journal.
Joanna Lea Stevens
Rose Hill, Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
Waco, Texas, U.S.
- Joanna studied in an elementary school in Rose Hill.
- Her family moved to Austin, Texas when she was 12 years old and relocated to Waco when Joanna was in her junior year of high school. She graduated from Waco Christian School.
- She spent 2 years at McLennan Community College to study business subjects with the intention of taking over her father’s Firestone shop someday. Meanwhile, she also worked part-time at the shop and was featured as a model in a Firestone commercial to promote her father’s business.
- During filming and production, Joanna also developed an interest in the editing part of those commercials.
- With an aspiration to become a broadcast journalist, Joanna transferred to Baylor University for a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and graduated in 2001.
- Before graduating, she worked as an intern on campus radio station KWBU followed by working for 2 years at local Waco TV Station KWTX Channel 10 and finally for the CBS show 48 Hours with Dan Rather in NYC in 2000.
- Looking for a bigger creative platform, Joanna lost interest in journalism and decided to open a home décor shop called Magnolia in 2003. She shut down the venture in 2005 to focus on raising her children but renewed it years later in collaboration with her husband, Chip Gaines.
Renovator, Interior Designer, Shop Owner, Entrepreneur, TV Star
- Father – Jerry Stevens (Served in the Vietnam war, Former Firestone Tire shop owner, COO Magnolia retail)
- Mother – Nan Stevens
- Siblings – Teresa Ann Criswell (Older Sister), Mary Kay McCall aka Mikey (Younger Sister)
- Others – Dr. David McCall (Brother-In-Law) (Surgeon, Family Medicine Doctor), Timothy Ray Criswell (Brother-In-Law)
Joanna is managed by –
- Bill Stankey, Westport Entertainment
- Loeb & Loeb LLP (Law Firm)
- Brock Murphy, Director of PR, Magnolia Market
- John Marsicano, Magnolia
5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
58 kg or 128 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Joanna Gaines has dated –
- Chip Gaines (2001-Present) – Chip introduced himself to Joanna one day when she was working at her father’s shop which led to a 30-minute conversation between the two. The next day he called up the shop again to ask Joanna out on a date. The couple dated for around 2 years before getting married on March 31, 2003, at Earle-Harrison house in Waco, Texas.
Together, they have 5 children – son Drake Stevens (born May 2005), daughter Ella Rose (born October 2006), son Duke Camden (born May 2008), daughter Emmie Kay (born February 2010), and son Crew Gaines (born June 2018).
Race / Ethnicity
Her father is of half German and half Lebanese descent while her mother has Korean ancestry.
- Long slender face with a sharp chin
- Broad forehead
- Smooth hair, usually keeps them long and untied
Joanna has endorsed various brands and products like –
- Jerry Stevens Firestone auto-care (TV Commercial)
- Wayfair ad campaign with husband Chip
- fun-gi gaming company created a computer game called House Flip with Chip and Jo (2016)
She has also branched out to various ventures like –
- Collaborating with Matilda Jane clothing to create a little girl’s clothing line in 2016
- Creating a product line for Target called Hearth & Hand
- Creating a rugs and pillows line sold at Pier 1
- Having a paint line with Kilz
- Creating a wallpaper line for York Wallcoverings
She also made licensing deals with Standard Furniture and Loloi fabrics in place of endorsing their products.
Joanna has the most online and offline visibility promoting her own business ventures some of which are:
- Magnolia Home – Solely owned by Joanna, this home décor business includes furniture, home accessories, rugs, throws, pillows, paint, wallpaper, and home fragrances
- Creating a children’s furniture and accessories line called Magnolia Kids
- Owning Magnolia Market at the Silos shopping complex which also has a warehouse outlet
- Co-owning Silos Baking company, Magnolia Seed & Supply, Magnolia Table restaurant and Magnolia Realty among many other ventures
- Joanna’s mother was raised in a Buddhist household but she embraced Christianity after her marriage.
- Joanna is a devout Christian and is a member of the Antioch Community Church along with her husband, Chip.
Best Known For
Co-hosting the reality series, Fixer Upper, for 5 seasons (56 episodes) with her husband, Chip Gaines, which was based on flipping houses of people living in Waco, Texas area and aired on HGTV Network
First TV Show
Joanna made her first TV show appearance as a host on the series Fixer Upper in 2013.
- In high school, Joanna did gymnastics as well as participated in basketball and volleyball matches. She has shared on Instagram that before she got married, she used to exercise every day for an hour and a half exclusively motivated by the will to maintain a lean appearance.
- She gave up exercising completely for a decade from the age of 27 to 37 but still managed to remain slim over the years because she had a large family and a farm to maintain alongside running several business ventures.
- In 2016, she started incorporating 20-minute workouts that usually comprise of squats, upper body and arm exercises, sprints, and rows.
- She started taking long walks whenever she can especially after having her 5th child.
- Her new approach to include only short workout sessions has made it easier for her to recover from exercise and enjoy physical activity without any pressure.
- Her grocery shopping for the week is preceded by meal planning and prepping for all the days she will cook in the forthcoming week. Most of the fresh produce and herbs are grown on her farm.
- She likes to roast vegetables in olive oil and sea salt to enable her kids to enjoy eating their vegetables while assuring consumption of nutritious meals.
- Joanna rarely consumes store-bought processed food. Even the snacks and smoothies at her home are prepared from scratch and are usually rich in protein and fiber.
- She typically starts her day with a cup of coffee with her husband before heading out into the madness of her routine.
- Joanna finds baking very therapeutic and deems it as one of her hobbies. She likes to prepare pies, cupcakes, biscuits, and home-made ice cream in the summer. Though the desserts are rich, calorie dense, and contain sugar, they are still healthier than store-bought versions because they do not contain any preservatives to prolong their shelf life.
Joanna Gaines Favorite Things
- Paint Color – Neutral Shades, Green
- Spring Ingredient – Lemons
- Magnolia Table Menu Item – Biscuits
- Refrigerator Essentials – Milk, Buttermilk, Eggs, Bacon, Spring Salad Mix
- Dip – Artichoke, Queso, Guacamole
- Slow Cooker Recipe – Beef Tips
- Food To Prepare With Kids – Cinnamon Rolls, Syrian Doughnuts
- Comfort Food – Pizza with homemade dough and garden fresh toppings
- Dessert – Cupcake, Lemon Pie
- Room In Her House – Laundry room
- Piece Of Furniture In Her House – Antique tavern table in the laundry (Her first investment for her furniture boutique in 2003)
- Grocery Store – H-E-B
- Childhood Food Memory – Learning to make Syrian Doughnuts from her grandfather at the age of 12
Joanna Gaines Facts
- Her earliest ambition in childhood was to get cast in TV commercials. From the age of 6 to 8, she would often read from the back of a cereal box or a shampoo bottle aloud pretending like she was a model promoting the product.
- Joanna’s first job was tending to an aisle of food at an all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant.
- By the time she entered high school, she was deemed as the most practical of all her siblings and she often assisted her father at his workplace. She was seriously planning to takeover the Firestone franchise until she developed an interest in broadcast journalism.
- Joanna has no formal education in interior designing and learned everything about it with practice and research.
- She manifested her life-long wish of working with her father by persuading him to take over the Magnolia Market retail business after he sold his Firestone franchise.
- After closing her retail shop in 2005, Joanna continued to assist Chip in renovation projects. Alongside, she started her blog to write about design and became a contributing writer for Wacoan magazine. This led to an invitation to write about child-friendly home design for DesignMom.com in 2011. Her post further caught the attention of High Noon Productions who got in touch with Chip and Jo for a pilot episode featuring their construction business. It soon evolved into the highly successful Fixer Upper series.
- Chip and Jo’s first construction project after marriage was renovating their own house immediately after their honeymoon.
- Whenever her husband leaves home for an out-of-town trip, Joanna leaves a note for him in his overnight bag.
- Joanna often describes herself as shy, reserved, and a worrier who credits her husband’s risk-taking ability for manifesting her dreams into reality. Chip starts a business while Joanna has to jump in and take care of the details to eventually push the project past the finish line.
- One of Joanna’s biggest design disasters was when a 100-year-old house was painted school bus yellow because Joanna passed the color without testing the shade of the paint.
- Apart from being the co-author of The Magnolia Story (2016), Joanna has also released a cook book of her favorite recipes called Magnolia Table (2018) and a design book titled Homebody (2018).
- Despite having an insanJoannaely busy schedule, Joanna has cultivated her passion for cooking and baking because food has a lasting emotional impact and retains her intimacy with her family. She aspires to star in a cooking show of her own on TV.
- Chip and Joanna have frequently mentioned in interviews that they do not own a television. Joanna also stays off the grid from the Internet when at home which explains her ability to manage several business ventures alongside raising 5 children.
- Her least favorite color is purple.
- In November 2022, Joanna released her first solo memoir titled The Stories We Tell.
- In December 2022, Joanna and Chip were sued by Vigliano Associates after it was reported that they backed out of paying a fee for their massive book deal. The company claimed that they signed a $12.5 million deal with HarperCollins for 5 books in 2017 and they had to pay 7.5% cut of any payments to them. However, they only paid the amount for the first 2 books.
- In October 2023, Joanna and Chip Gaines teamed up with Roost Podcast Network to launch their podcast network, Blind Nil Audio.
- To find out more about Joanna’s cooking and design prowess, read her blog, At Home, on her official website @ magnolia.com.
- Follow Joanna Gaines on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.
Featured Image by Joanna Gaines / Instagram