Leeann Velez Tweeden (born June 13, 1973) is a model and
television personality of Spanish, Fillipino and Norwegian descent.
Tweeden was born in Manassas, Virginia. She graduated from Osbourn
Park High School a year early, and deferred her acceptance to Harvard.
Despite lofty academic potential, Tweeden eschewed college altogether
and instead pursued a career in modeling. Just two years after leaving
her Virginia high school, while working as a Hooters waitress in
Colorado Springs, Colorado, she won first place in the Venus International
Model Search in 1992. This break led to national exposure. Tweeden
modeled for promotional work for Hooters and Venus International
along with Frederick's of Hollywood and Playboy.
In 1995, Tweeden appeared on the television series EdenQuest. In
1996, she became a regular on the ESPN2 series Fitness Beach. She
has appeared on several other series including Blue Torch, High
Octane, Star Search, Toughman and Wild On. Since 2001, Tweeden has
been a correspondent on the television series The Best Damn Sports
Show Period. She has also gone on USO tours, including one in December,
2004 to Camp Liberty in Iraq.
Appearances in Playboy special editions
Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 40 November 1994 - cover.
Playboy's Girls of Summer July 1995 - page 26.
Playboy's Hardbodies January 1997.
Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 63 September 1998 - pages 3-5.
Playboy's Barefoot Beauties Vol. 1 December 1999.
Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 75 September 2000.
Playboy's Sexy 100 February 2003.
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