Leyla Milani safeguards a briefcase on the NBC smash hit show “Deal or No Deal” and, thanks to her, the number 13never looked so good. “Lucky 13” or “Lucky Leyla” as she’s often referred to on the show, charms contestants and audiences alike with her infectious smile and exotic style. Known for her beautiful mane of fantastically wild hair, Milani is quickly making a name for herself as a model, actress, hostess, fashion designer and entrepreneur.
In addition to her fourth season on “Deal or No Deal” Milani has been busy on the big screen as well, starring in the horror film WRESTLEMANIAC, a monster hit in the UK and in the recent DVD release of THE BOYS AND GIRLS GUIDE TO GETTING DOWN. In GUIDE, which won a Best Ensemble Cast award at the Los Angeles Film Festival, she played Brittany, a beautiful and busy West side girl on the go.
Leyla has also been making the rounds on the small screen with recent appearances on several hit shows including NBC’s “Las Vegas” and “Last Comic Standing.” She has also been seen on the Fox series “Stacked” starring Pamela Anderson, the CMT reality series “Popularity Contest,” the TNT drama “Wanted,” Larry David’s smash hit “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and the critically acclaimed Showtime series “Sleeper Cell.” Lovely Leyla is everywhere: Home viewers can even catch her in a national Bud Light commercial!
Canadian-born Milani was raised in Toronto where she performed and entertained anyone who would watch or listen. Local fame came early for Leyla after hosting a local after-school cable television show when she was just 12. A flurry of local modeling gigs and runway appearances followed and Milani was an in-demand face at an early age. After high school, Leyla’s mother took a job that would relocate the family to Los Angeles, the perfect place for Leyla to follow her dreams.
Modeling and acting were always part of Milani’s career plans, but they were only part of her ambition. Upon landing in L.A., Leyla enrolled in the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise (FIDM) and began to pursue another of her creative passions: fashion design. It wasn’t long before ‘Leyla Couture Jeans’ were the talk of the industry and a successful line of her designs adorned the shelves of the popular Forever 21 stores, a national chain of stylish clothing stores.
A multi-tasker to the core, Leyla feels most fulfilled when she has several projects going at all times. In addition to her acting, modeling and fashion design careers, Leyla may be best knows to fans of the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) when in 2005, she placed 2nd out of 8,000 applicants in their Raw Diva Search. Over eight consecutive weeks, Leyla made her way through stiff competition to become the runner up “Diva”, her personal website leylamilani.com
receiving 1000’s of hits daily.
Leyla recently signed on as the spokes model for “Clientele”
an upscale skin care line. Having graced the covers of close to a dozen magazines, Leyla is now the premiere cover girl for Coexistence Magazine, a new national glossy publication on stands now. Leyla put her love of cars to good use when she hosted FUEL TV’s popular motor sport show “M80” and showed off her knowledge of sports on Fox Sport Net’s “Celebrity Golf Tournament.” Most recently,Leyla hosted “The ½ Hour News Hour,” a new political variety show on FOX News Channel, as well as segments for “Entertainment Tonight” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
Whether she is acting, modeling, hosting, designing or simply holding briefcase number 13, “Lucky Leyla” is as relentless and talented as she is beautiful. With an optimistic outlook and great work ethic, the multi-talented Milani continues to see her star rise and one could bet that luck has nothing to do with it.