Friday, June 29, 2007

‘Charm School’ Flavorette Turns The Other Cheek

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One Flavor Of Love: Charm School contestant is ditching the stripper pole for the Hollywood red carpet.

Leilene “Smiley” Ondrade – who fought for Flavor Flav’s heart in Flavor Of Love – is one of the final four contestants on VH1’s Charm School, and has really turned her life around since her etiquette training.

Says Leilene: “I’m not a stripper anymore and I’m much more confident now. I know how to stand up for myself – especially against really catty girls!”

And while the former Las Vegas stripper has gotten used to being in a new, much classier spotlight, she admits it’s still weird watching herself on TV.

Leilene explains, “I hate watching myself on TV! Seeing my mistakes all over again is tough, but seeing myself without makeup in some clips is the worst. I’m always like, ‘I can’t believe I didn’t throw at least a little bit of makeup on!’ It’s pretty embarrassing.”

But despite not being perfectly polished, Leilene is still living the glamorous life of a Flavorette star.

She says, “I’ve been going to red carpet events and it’s really crazy when stars like Angie Stone, Ice-T, and The Cheetah Girls recognize me from the show. I even saw Flavor Flav at the BET Awards in June and he hugged me and said, ‘You’ve done so well on Charm School. I love you, Smiley!”’

The season finale of Flavor Of Love: Charm School airs Sunday (July 1).

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