Leilani Dowding

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Leilani Dowding
Leilani Dowding publicity shot.jpg
Born (1980-01-30) 30 January 1980 (age 36)[1]
Bournemouth, Dorset, England
Nationality British
Ethnicity English-Filipina
Alma mater Royal Holloway, University of London
Occupation Glamour model
Years active 1998–present
Relatives Chris Dowding (father)
Zena Dowding (mother)
Melanie Dowding (sister)
Website www.leilanifanclub.co.uk
Modelling information
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Hair colour Brown
Eye colour Brown

Leilani Dowding (born 30 January 1980)[1] is an English former Page 3 girl, glamour model, television celebrity, and the UK representative at Miss Universe 1998.

Early life[edit]

Dowding grew up in Bournemouth, and has a younger sister Melanie. They were brought up Roman Catholic by their Filipina mother Zena, and British father Chris.[1] Leilani was named for her mother's cousin and her name literally means "heavenly flower".[2]

Dowding and her sister attended St Peter's School in Bournemouth. She did well in school, earning eleven GCSEs and three A-levels.[1] She studied for an economics degree at Royal Holloway, University of London, in Surrey, with the intention of becoming a city trader.[3] The then eighteen-year-old entered and won the 1998 Miss Great Britain competition.[4] In Hawaii later that year she became the first woman of Asian descent to represent Britain in the Miss Universe pageant.[1]


After her success in beauty pageants, Dowding dropped out of university to pursue a full-time modelling career.[1] Although she had not originally considered topless modelling, she started appearing as a Page 3 girl in The Sun in 1999.[1] Her younger sister Melanie ("Mel") Dowding also had a brief career as a model.

In 2003 she was rated #89 on the FHM Sexiest Women in World list.[5]

Dowding has been a guest on various British television shows, modelling on the Big Breakfast and This Morning, and appearing on Faking It Celebrity Wrestling and Celebrity Fear Factor.[6] She has also enjoyed a season in pantomime as Tiger Lilly in Peter Pan.[1]

Dowding appeared on a charity Page 3 episode of The Weakest Link where she lost out in the final round to Jakki Degg. Dowding was competing on behalf of the RSPCA and breast cancer charities.[7] She joked before the show: "I look forward to using my brain for the first time in three years."[8]

Dowding has competed in celebrity poker tournaments and done promotional work for Ladbrokes.[1][9][10]

She also appears in the American TV Reality Show Tough Love Miami, in which she deals with her own superficiality in order to find a suitable mate.

She has travelled to Bosnia, Kosovo. Iraq and Cyprus on morale-boosting trips for British troops abroad.[1]

She appeared in the December 2011 edition of US Maxim [11]

Dowding has her own clothing line, the Leiluna Collection.

Personal life[edit]

Dowding has been engaged to former Wimbledon and Northern Ireland defender Mark Williams and was engaged to former Middlesbrough attacker Jérémie Aliadière.[3][12] She had been briefly married to restaurateur Richard Palmer – ex-husband of Raquel Welch.[13][14]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Biography". Leilani Dowding's Official Site. Retrieved 31 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "Leilani Dowding". Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Leilani was my mum's cousin's name, it means heavenly flower 
  3. ^ a b John Aizlewood (15 January 2006). "The top 10 footballers' Page 3 playmates". The Times. London: News International. Retrieved 2010-01-03. 
  4. ^ "Student Leylani Dowding carries off the Miss Great Britain Universe honours". BBC News. 12 March 1998. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  5. ^ The Sexiest Women In The World 2003 | Girls. FHM.com. Retrieved on 4 May 2012.
  6. ^ Leilani Dowding at the Internet Movie Database
  7. ^ Beauty and the beast (From Dorset Echo). Archive.dorsetecho.co.uk (27 April 2002). Retrieved on 4 May 2012.
  8. ^ Giovanni Iozzi (13 July 2002). "Jakki has the most up top!". The Sun. Retrieved 9 October 2009. 
  9. ^ Rajesh Modha Tops off a Million Dollar Night! | PokerNews. Uk.pokernews.com (16 December 2006). Retrieved on 4 May 2012.
  10. ^ Ladbrokes Poker Vegas Dream Packages. Pokerplayer.co.uk (30 March 2009). Retrieved on 4 May 2012.
  11. ^ Tweet (4 November 2011). "Leilani Dowding". Maxim. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  12. ^ Meet The Cast Of Tough Love: Miami. Blog.vh1.com (7 September 2011). Retrieved on 4 May 2012.
  13. ^ Russell, Stacey (14 October 2011). "Leilani Dowding Talks Tough Love Miami, Divorce, and Show Drama". Blogs.miaminewtimes.com. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  14. ^ Julie Moult (22 July 2013). "Even her poor dog looks embarrassed as Leilani Dowding draws attention to herself with peculiar paddleboard yoga | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 

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