Born to parents of Spanish,
Filipino, and Norwegian ancestry, Miss Tweeden grew up in Virginia a
self-proclaimed "tomboy". After graduating from Osbourn Park Senior High
in 1991, she passed up acceptance into Harvard University in order to
pursue a career in modeling. Upon moving to Colorado Springs, Colorado,
she worked briefly as a Hooters waitress before winning her modeling job,
gaining first place in the Venus International Model Search in 1992. From
there, she traveled the United States doing promotional appearances and
hosted the 1993 Venus Model Search competition, which she returned to host
in 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997. During this time, she relocated to Los
Angeles, modeling for Fredericks of Hollywood, Hooters (appearing in their
1993 & 1994 calendars), Playboy magazine (as a covergirl), and Playboy's
Book of Lingerie, in the November/December 1994 issue. She also appeared
in the video 'EdenQuest: Pamela Anderson' (1995). In 1996, she landed a
spot on the ESPN2 show 'Fitness Beach,' as well as a layout in the August
1996 issue of Playboy magazine. In 1997, she was chosen as the model for
the lead character in a No Mercy comic book, titled 'Coven 13'. She
continued modeling for various magazines, including Playboy, and put out
her first calendar in 1998, featuring the photographs of Mario Barberio.
Returning to the small screen, she became a regular on the half-hour Fox
Sports Net/Speed Channel motor-cross show 'High Octane' and also hosted
Fox Sports Net's 'Blue Torch', an extreme sports show. In addition, Leeann
was a correspondent for an installment of E!'s 'Wild On' series. She can
currently be seen on "The Best Damn Sports Show Period" (2001) also on Fox
Sports Net, and her pictorials can be found all over the Internet.
Leeann ranked #70 in Maxim's Hot 100 of 2006.
The March 2007 Issue of FHM (which was the final printed US issue)
features Leeann as the cover girl.
Tweeden will join the Covino and Rich show on Sirius radio 108 (Maxim
Radio) on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She also served as a correspondent for
Fox Sports Net's Best Damn Sports Show Period from 2000 to 2007. In 2008,
Tweeden became the third hostess of the NBC late night television series
Poker After Dark. She was a guest on the Sean Hannity Show on 1/20/2010 on
the Great American Panel.
As part of Hooters' 25th anniversary in 2008, Tweeden was named among "The
Top Hooters Girls of all time".
In 2009 she became the public face of the website Rethinking Autism which
uses a series of videos to educate the public about autism.