Boxing Champion; International Boxing Hall of Famer; CEO, Laila Ali Lifestyle Brand; Author
Laila Ali is a world-class athlete, fitness and wellness advocate, TV host, home chef, founder of the Laila Ali Lifestyle Brand, and mother of two. The daughter of late beloved global icon and humanitarian, Muhammad Ali, she is a four-time undefeated boxing world champion, whose stellar record includes 24 wins (21 of which were “knockouts”) and zero losses. Laila is heralded as the most successful female in the history of women’s boxing.
In 2012, when women’s boxing was included in the Olympics, Laila was the first woman in history to provide expert commentary for NBC Sports. For two consecutive years since its inception in 2015, she hosted the televised ESPN Sports Humanitarian Awards. Laila was also a regular panelist and contributor for the CBS Sports Network’s all-female sports commentary program We Need to Talk, the first of its kind in the history of sports broadcasting.
Laila is a past president of the Women’s Sports Foundation, a nonprofit organization that is supported by some of the biggest athletes in the world. Through WSF, Laila promotes equality for women in the world of professional sports, and she pushes programs that encourage young women to be confident, healthy and strong through sports. She was also a major voice for the 40th anniversary of Title IX, which protects women’s rights to be included and treated equally in collegiate sports.
A home chef, Laila previously appeared twice on Food Network’s celebrity edition of Chopped and emerged victorious as the champion. Continuing her passion in the cooking space, Laila was the host of Late Night Chef Fight, an exciting food truck cooking competition show that has aired for multiple seasons on the FYI Network. She has also appeared in various cooking segments on Rachael Ray, Dr. Oz, and The Chew, along with having cooked her famous “oven-baked fried chicken” on Steve Harvey’s hit daytime talk show.
For multiple seasons, Laila hosted Everyday Health, airing in national syndication on ABC, in addition to being the previous co-host of American Gladiators and former host of All In With Laila Ali, which aired in weekend syndication on CBS. For three seasons, she hosted the Emmy Award-winning show Home Made Simple, which airs on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).
She is very excited about her cookbook Food For Life, available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Staying true to her entrepreneurial spirit, Laila has also created her own line of organic seasonings—Laila Ali Spice Blends, YouPlenish nutrition supplements, skin care and apparel. She recently launched Laila Ali Home Decor with At Home.
Laila tickled America’s funny bone with multiple hilarious roles as Kevin Hart’s boxing nemesis on the hit comedic series, Real Husbands of Hollywood. In January 2017, millions of viewers watched Laila showcase how much of a savvy business “knockout” she is in the boardroom, as she competed on the Celebrity Apprentice. In 2014, she made her feature film acting debut as the co-star of the action movie Falcon Rising opposite martial arts star Michael Jai White. Never one to turn down a good challenge, she captured the hearts of millions and made it to the final round of the fourth season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars in 2007. She’s also appeared as a guest star on the popular fitness show Biggest Loser.
A recognizable and trusted figure whose name and likeness packs a powerful punch, Laila has been an endorser for major brands such as Subway, Kohls and T.J. Maxx. Carefully building a successful branding and licensing empire (a former owner and operator of a successful nail salon in southern California), Laila rolled out a signature line of hair styling tools with Hot Tools, a brand subsidiary of hair care powerhouse, Helen of Troy.
She is a major supporter of charitable organizations, including Feeding America and Peace 4 Kids. She is also quite proud of the work she has done on behalf of the American Dental Association to create oral health awareness for children.
Always eager to encourage others to live an active lifestyle, Laila was the 2012 “Mombassador” for the Aquaphor New York City Triathlon, a competition in which she participated and completed impressively in a little more than three hours.
Because of her passion for an active lifestyle and desire to share this with all her followers, she started her own lifestyle blog “Laila Ali Lifestyle,” where she regularly posts workouts tips, recipes, DIY ideas, marriage and family tips, and so much more!
She is a sought-after inspirational speaker and author of her life’s story in a dynamic book for young women entitled Reach: Finding Strength, Spirit, and Personal Power!
Laila studied business management at Santa Monica College. She and her husband, former NFL star Curtis Conway, live in Georgia with their two children, son Curtis Jr. and daughter Sydney.
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