Leeann Tingley

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Leeann Tingley
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born Leeann Nicole Tingley
(1981-08-20) August 20, 1981 (age 32)
East Greenwich, Rhode Island[Syracuse, New York], U.S.
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Title(s) Miss Rhode Island USA 2006
Miss USA 2006 (Top 10)

Leeann Nicole Tingley (born August 20, 1981) is a beauty queen from North Kingstown, Rhode Island who has competed in the Miss USA pageant.

Tingley won the Miss Rhode Island USA 2006 title in a state pageant held on August 28, 2005. She is no stranger to pageants, having placed 1st runner-up in 2005, 4th runner-up in 2004 and in the semi-finals at Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 1997.

Tingley is originally from East Greenwich, Rhode Island. On April 21, 2006 she competed for the title of Miss USA 2006 in Baltimore, Maryland and placed in the top 10. Leeann was also roommates with Miss USA 2006 Tara Conner.

Tingley (right) during the Deal or No Deal taping. Tara Conner, who later won the Miss USA title is on the far left; Tamiko Nash, who was 1st runner-up, is on Tingley's left.

Tingley was also one of twenty six Miss USA Delegates who appeared on Deal or No Deal in April 2006.

Tingley graduated from East Greenwich High School in 1999. After leaving high school she initially began an accounting degree from Bryant University, but decided to defer her studies and pursue cosmetology instead. In 2002 she received a Rhode Island License in Cosmetology after completing a course at the Angelo School of Cosmetology and Hair Design. She is currently an independent contractor, with her own fully comprehensive styling and image consulting business. She specializes in multi dimensional hair coloring, and has created her own cosmetic line, LeeannNicole Cosmetics. Leeann is currently back in school, at Rhode Island College, where she is working towards her BSN. Tingley also aims to become a certified personal trainer and one day aims to open her own full service day spa and wellness center.

She is an accomplished skater, joined her first synchronized figure skating team at age nine and competed annually at the United States Figure Skating Precision Team Championships from grade eight. Later she was part of the Rhode Island state team that secured a spot on the USFSA national team, which would go on to compete for the USA in international competitions. The team was also an exhibitioner for the Ice Capades.

In late 2011, she married Gian Carlo Benedetti and later welcomed a son Milan Otto Benedetti in early 2012. Her other hobbies and interests include endurance training, skiing, drawing, photography, running, field hockey and golf.


  • Miss Rhode Island returns to local school, The East Greenwich Pendulum, 8 December 2005

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Preceded by
Allison Paganetti
Miss Rhode Island USA
Succeeded by
Danielle Lacourse