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Stowers in May 2008
BornSaleisha Lashawn Stowers
(1986-01-20) January 20, 1986 (age 32)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation
  • Model
  • actress
Years active2006–present

Saleisha Lashawn Stowers (born January 20, 1986) is an American actress and model.[1] She is best known for being the winner season 9 of America's Next Top Model.[2] She is also known for portraying the role of Lani Price on NBC's soap opera Days of Our Lives.[3]

Contents

  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
    • 2.1 Modeling
    • 2.2 Acting
  • 3 Filmography
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Early life[edit]

Stowers was born in Pasadena, California.[4] She was raised in Madera by her grandmother. She then moved to Los Angeles, where she worked as a receptionist before appearing on America's Next Top Model.

Career[edit]

Modeling[edit]

Stowers was signed with Photogenics Model Management and had also appeared in a commercial for fast-food restaurant Wendy's, with actor Tom Lenk. She had modeled for DOMIJ clothing, and d.e.m.o. She was also an extra in an episode of the TV series Ugly Betty and on two episodes of the Tyra Banks Show, modeling for Rami, Project Runway season four contestant. Stowers appeared in the "Welcome Back" music video, and had an ad for 24 Hour Fitness. She also modeled for Especially Yours wigs, and was featured in a fashion spread for InTouch Weekly. She was recruited for America's Next Top Model, which she subsequently won. She was signed with Elite Model Management and L.A. Model Management. Stowers won the ninth cycle of the competition, beating Chantal Jones in the final. As part of her prize, she won a contract with CoverGirl Cosmetics which featured her campaigning for WetSlicks Fruit Spritzers, and appeared on the cover of the February 2008 issue of Seventeen magazine. She also won a contract for representation with Elite Model Management. Like previous winners of the competition, Stowers appeared in weekly segments of My Life as a CoverGirl during the running of show's tenth cycle.

Several blogs and news outlets have speculated that her past relationship with Banks (her participation in Banks' T-Zone camp and her past appearances on Tyra's television shows and her appearance as a model on The Tyra Banks Show and Cycle 6 of America's Next Top Model), may have influenced the selection of the winner. Stowers had also been a national spokesmodel for Especially Yours wigs for more than a year before the show ran, as well as appearing in an episode of the hit US sitcom Ugly Betty.[5][6][7]

Stowers had a Metro Style campaign along with fellow Top Model alum, Jaslene Gonzalez, Dani Evans and Whitney Thompson. Stowers was on the cover of Seventeen as part of her prize. She has appeared on the cover of Paper Doll Magazine,[8] had a cover and spread in Florida International Magazine and had spreads in the January 2008 issue of InTouch Weekly, OK! Magazine, the July 2008 issue of Essence Magazine, Jam Style. and had a four-page spread in an issue of Macy's. She has modeled for Gilt Groupe and Macy's catalogue online. She has also modeled for Dereon, Apple Bottoms, Baby Phat, and Love Tease for Macy's. Stowers had a campaign with Garage Clothing for their Spring 2009 line. She has also appeared in Modern Bride for the February/March 2009 issue.

Stowers had walked for Tibi in Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2008, Peter Som's Bill Blass Fall 2008 Collection at Saks Fifth Avenue on April 2, 2008,[9] Carson Kressley's Safilo USA Spring/Summer '08 Designer Eyewear Fashion Show at Vision Expo East on April 12, 2008,[10] Jose Duran for NYC fashion week, which also showed on her My Life as CoverGirl commercials, a GenArt Fashion Show for Jennifer Mary, Billabong's 2nd Annual Design for Humanity fashion show in Los Angeles, and Pamella Roland at New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009. Stowers appeared on the finale episode of America's Next Top Model, Cycle 10 to give encouragement to the final two, and she opened for a mock Versace runway show. Stowers walked for Beach Bunny Swimwear[11] and Lana Fuchs[12] in Los Angeles Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009. She also appeared on the Tyra Banks Show for the episode titled Tina Knowles modeling in a House of Dereon fashion show.[13]

Acting[edit]

In 2013, Stowers was cast as the daughter of Angie Hubbard (Debbi Morgan), Cassandra Foster on the Prospect Park's continuation of All My Children, she made her debut on April 30, 2013.[14][15]

In March 2015, Stowers guest starred on an episode of the ABC Family show, Switched at Birth as Tara. In June 2015, Stowers joined the cast of Days of Our Lives in the role of Lani Price.[16] She made her first appearance on September 25, 2015.[17] In the same year, she guest-starred in an episode of Major Crimes as Heather. In 2016, she recurred on Caged as Shawna Carlson. In 2017, she was cast in the lead role of Krista in a film called "Tomboy", as well as Josie Miller in the series "Beyond Therapy".[18] In 2018, she guest-starred in an episode of The Fosters as Priya.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Talking with the Taxman About Poetry Steven's Girlfriend
2013 Jaded the Series Jade Short film
2017 Tomboy Krista Lead role
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Ugly Betty Girl and Model in Elevator 2 episodes
2012 The Exes Model 1 episode
Mr. Box Office Johari Jones 1 episode
2013 New Girl Yeah, Yeah, Yeah Girl 1 episode
All My Children Cassandra Foster 42 episodes
2015 Switched at Birth Tara 1 episode
Major Crimes Heather 1 episode
2015–present Days of Our Lives Lani Price Series regular
2016 Caged Shawna Carlson 5 episodes
2017 Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special Virtual Pharmacist Variety special
2018 The Fosters Priya 1 episode