Leilani Dowding is a former Page 3 girl, she was also the UK representative in the US Miss Universe 1998, a glamour model, television celebrity. You might also remember seeing her as one of the Real Housewives of Cheshire. Although her journey was short on the show, she has emerged as more than just being a part of the Real Housewives. The former model is currently flourishing in the real estate industry after having a successful career as a model, a TV celebrity, and an incredible Horse-mommy.
She sat down exclusively with Clout News and revealed how she came all the way from Page 3 to her peaceful life as a real estate agent. The former model gave a gist about her journey as she talked about how she got spotted to be a part of the Miss Great Britain Competition. She was in University pursuing economics at the time. Although she did not win at the competition, she did get into Miss Universe 1998.
Leilani further shared that she got into model boxing for a magazine called Perfect 10 where she was paid to train and exercise. She added that her journey then moved on to television as she started doing reality shows. After that, she got into real estate and moved back to the UK after being in Los Angeles. That is when she landed her opportunity to be a part of Real Housewives of Cheshire with her fiance.
The former model talked about how she came to the decision of being a Page 3 girl for The Sun. She shared that she got the opportunity and decided to do it. The TV celebrity had not revealed this to her parents but they eventually found out when they saw her in the newspaper. She described her time as a Page 3 girl to be “silly” and “fun” and revealed that she does not regret doing that.
Leilani further shared what made her change her course from being a full-time model. She revealed that meeting all the other girls who she was up against changed her mind. The former model shared that she did not plan out to be where she was. She also admitted that she did not think about the consequences and thought she would deal with it as they come by.
The celebrity further discussed that her passion was for being a vet because she loves animals. However, she realized she was not cut out to be a vet because she could not even look at a piece of chicken. She also revealed that her parents had their boundaries set as well when they found out about her career path. The celebrity said, “Dad was like, right, that’s it. If you’re leaving university, if this is what you’re doing, I’m not paying for your car. I’m not paying for your phone. You need to be financially responsible. And my mom was really unhappy.”
Leilani also talked about the criticisms she had to face when she was a model. She said, “If you’re a Page 3 girl, they comment(ed) on my lips, on my weight. Anything really. But that was the beauty about being a Page 3 girl. You didn’t have to be this like a skinny fashion model. It was just like your normal everyday girl. And I think in a way, I never took any of it to heart. It’s not like now where you have social media where people get trolled.”
The TV celebrity also revealed how she started her clothing line and revealed that it happened by accident. She also admitted that she did not have to struggle to get a gig on television. The former model shared that she has been really lucky because “opportunities would arise”. She shared how she got an opportunity to be a part of Real Housewives of Cheshire.
Leilani revealed the reason behind not wanting to return back to Real Housewives of Cheshire. She shared, “There was a couple of girls that I really got on with. But I didn’t really resonate with all of them. And I didn’t really blend into the group that well. If I fall out with somebody, I don’t necessarily want to be friends and spend time with them. Unless they can apologize. And I just felt like if I continue to stay, I wouldn’t have been true to myself. I would have had to like, put on a bit of an act, pretend that I got along with everyone.”
Leilani discussed the coronavirus pandemic and her decision to not take the vaccine. She talked about her decision to not have children and how in society everybody is forced to have them. The former model discussed social media and how filters are damaging to people and young girls especially. She also discussed all the hate comments she got and how they affected her. The real estate socialite also talked about her principles and stereotypes she faced because she was a Page 3 girl.