BIOGRAPHY - LEYLA MILANI-KHOSHBIN

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Leyla Milani (born April 2, 1982) is a Canadian model, actress, TV host and entrepreneur. Milani was born in Toronto to Iranian

parents, and married to Persian/Iranian Entrepreneur Real Estate Investor/Author, Manny Khoshbin.

 

Milani was a contestant in World Wrestling Entertainment's 2005 Diva Search, finishing second out of 8000 contestants worldwide.

Following that, she made an appearance at Pro Wrestling Guerrilla After School Special. After appearing on the WWE Raw Diva

search, she began using the stage name Leyla Milani.

 

She later appeared on one of the USA Network's Fan Nation commercials, which are a series commercials advertising WWE Raw,

featuring people ranging from a stockbroker to Snoop Dogg.

 

Milani is the former co-host of Jimmy Hart's all women's wrestling show, Wrestlicious TakeDown which debuted March 1, 2010. She

was replaced by Brooke Lynn on the March 31st, 2010 episode, because of scheduling conflicts.

 

Milani can be seen as a model on NBC's game show Deal or No Deal. She is namely known for her "lioness-like" mane, which she has confirmed is all hers. She holds case #13 since the beginning of the show. Although 13 is usually considered the unluckiest of numbers, she is often referred to on the show as "Lucky Leyla" or "Lucky 13" as many times her case had contained 6 digit amounts and in eight instances contained the $1,000,000 top prize. Nonetheless, NBC once opened the show noting that by holding all the large amounts and not being picked at the beginning, case #13 was very unlucky during most of the first season. On at least one occasion during the second season, case #13 contained a seven-figure prize. Leyla and her fellow Deal or No Deal models won a Gameshow Networks Award for "Favorite TV Models" and on June 6, 2009 Leyla and 3 other models: Claudia, Lisa, Megan and Patricia accepted this award on the GSN Networks. Deal or No Deal has also won The People's Choice Award two years in the row for Favorite Gameshow.

 

Milani has made multiple appearances on the Fox News' conservative satire show The Half Hour News Hour, and "Redeye" as a celebrity looking for a charity to support. She hosted FOX Sport Net's Celebrity Golf tournament as well as Fuel TV'S motorsport show: M80. Milani recently made a cameo appearance on LOGO channel series Noah's Arc as a woman applying for a job. She has also appeared on MTV's True Life: I'm A TV Star, and My Fair Brady.

 

Milani appeared in an online comedy web series for Experian Credit alongside Comedian Pauly Shore. She played a bride-to-be with bad credit. Other stars who appeared on this web series included Vivica A. Fox, Michael Madsen and Danny Glover.

 

She is in the independent horror film Wrestlemaniac, where she plays "Dallas", and the docu-comedy The Boys & Girls Guide to Getting Down where she plays "Brittany" the "Westside Persian".

 

She also made an appearance on an episode of NBC's Last Comic Standing and Phenomenon. She was one of a handful of models chosen to make a special appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Oprah picked Leyla's case (number 8 for this show). Oprah later chanted Leyla's name as her dog's name is also "Leyla." Milani also recently made an appearance on the Style Network's show, Split Ends, and on a recent Celebrity episode of GSN's game show Catch 21', alongside fellow DOND models Patricia Kara and Marisa Petroro.

 

In 2009, Leyla Milani founded Milani Hair, a luxury haircare company specializing in “premium, 100% human hair clip-in or (clip-on)extensions,” citing Milani's own hair woes as the company's inspiration. Based in Irvine, California, the company is part of Kosh Milani Enterprises LLC. As of 2009, the company was known to have 5 employees.

 

Milani is featured in the December 8, 2012, TLC special titled Secrets of a Trophy Wife.

 

Capitalizing on her Deal or No Deal fame, Milani has managed to draw celebrity attention for Milani Hair's products. The company's website touts testimonials from Jeannie Mai, Shar Jackson, and Nicole Eggert.

 

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