Leilene Ondrade might look familiar to you, but you just can’t place her, can you?!
Here’s a clue: FLAVOR FLAV! Yeah boy, Leilene kick started her VH1 career with a stint on Flavor of Love, where Flav gave her the nickname “Smiley”. After that, she appeared in Charm School and I Love Money 2.
But don’t chalk her up as just another reality TV star. Leilene also starred in the feature film Hotel California opposite Tatyana Ali, Tyson Beckford, Erik Palladino and Simon Rex, and she was also featured in the films Detroit City, Harold And Kumar Go To White Castle, and Bad As I Wanna Be. Leilene was also ‘asked’ to appear on 2005’s WWE RAW Diva Search, which was followed by a stint on Spike TV’s TNA and their pay-per-view specials.
Leilene Ondrade is now expanding her “celebreality” brand as an entrepreneur. Exotica Emporium, Leilene’s latest venture, is a web-based company, which will feature discount deals for the sultriest events, live shows, and hotspots all over the country. Leilene wants customers to live their wildest dreams, and have the opportunity to get the ultimate “celebrity” experience.
Leilene grew up in Toronto and was a complete tomboy throughout childhood. To teach her more lady-like manners, her mother persuaded her to enroll in the Judy Welch School of Modeling. Leilene then shed her boyish ways and embarked on a successful modeling career in Canada where she was considered one of their “Premiere Glamour Models.” Leilene also had the honor of being the only woman of color to ever place in an Italian beauty pageant. The ambitious entertainer that she is, it was only a matter of time before she packed her bags and moved to Los Angeles.
In her downtime, Leilene loves the extreme side of life. She has not only learned the art of fire eating and bullwhipping, but does Russian Martial Arts and is trained in ancient Chinese discipline of Wushu. She’s all about organic food, and considers herself a geek at heart (especially with a background as a video game tester). Leilene is also currently involved with the charity, Time to Shine.
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