Leilani Dowding

Leilani Dowding

English model, TV star
Date of Birth: 30.01.1980
Country: Great Britain

  1. Leilani Dowding: English Model and TV Star
  2. Education and Career
  3. Philanthropic Activities

Leilani Dowding: English Model and TV Star

Leilani Dowding is an English model, TV star, and former Miss Universe contestant. She was born and raised in Bournemouth, along with her younger sister Melanie. Her parents, Zena, a Filipina, and Chris, an Englishman, raised them according to the norms of the Roman Catholic Church. Leilani's unusual name was borrowed from her cousin, and it translates to "heavenly flower" in Russian.

Leilani Dowding

Education and Career

Leilani performed well in school and after passing her final exams, she enrolled at the University of London in Surrey to study economics. She aspired to become a successful businesswoman in the future. However, at the age of 18, Leilani changed her plans when she won the prestigious title of "Miss Great Britain 1988." As the winner of the national pageant, she represented Great Britain as the first Asian contestant in the Miss Universe pageant held in Hawaii that year.

After this impressive success, Leilani decided to leave university as she felt there was no longer a need to continue her studies. She fully focused on her modeling career instead. Initially, Leilani intended to limit herself to clothed photoshoots. However, her plans changed, and she made her debut on the legendary third page of "The Sun," a popular British tabloid. The topless model pictures traditionally featured on this page no longer shocked the public, but it proved to be a valuable experience for Leilani.

For a while, Leilani's sister Melanie joined her in the modeling industry, and they even posed together topless. Currently, Melanie works as a model in the racing industry. In 2003, Leilani Dowding ranked 89th in FHM magazine's list of "The Sexiest Women in the World". Leilani regularly appears on various British TV shows such as "Faking It Celebrity Wrestling," "Celebrity Fear Factor," and "Big Breakfast."

Philanthropic Activities

Leilani Dowding is also involved in charitable projects. Several times, she has traveled as part of celebrity groups to Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, and Cyprus to provide moral support to British soldiers serving there.