Leilani was discovered by the Fashion Industry at age 15 and left Hawaii to live and work in New York City and around the world as a Fashion Model. Having enjoyed many successes in her field as a top model, she credits her healthy upbringing for keeping her balanced, while working and traveling for the past 20 years.
Her breakthrough came with an ALLURE cover, shot by Sante D’Orazio and soon after she began booking campaigns for The Gap, Banana Republic, Versus and Tommy Hilfiger. Proud to have a strong, positive reputation in the business that she has been a part of for many years, Leilani has been lucky enough to work with many photographers and designers that she respects and loves, such as Steven Meisel, Pamela Hanson, Albert Watson, Arthur Elgort, Bruce Weber and Ellen von Unwerth, among others. She has walked the runway for Balenciaga, Calvin Klein, Chloe, Dolce & Gabbana, Versus, DKNY, and Victoria’s Secret.
Creativity is an essential part of Leilani’s life and being in an industry where you can continually expand is important to her. She was able to further express herself by crossing the lines from modeling into acting, landing the feature role in “Intern,” a film by Michael Lange which aired at the SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL. She shot the video for San Francisco-based band Third Eye Blind in their video for "Deep Inside of You” and Leilani is also featured on the cover of Hole’s breakthrough CD “Live Through This.”
In 2012 Leilani capitalized on her success in the Fashion and Beauty Industry and launched a line of fragrance oils, called LEILANI BISHOP FRAGRANCES. Free from harmful ingredients the line reflected her upbringing, lifestyle and travels that have shaped who she is today. Backed by Yael Afaflo founder of the cult brand Reformation. LBF enjoyed success in the press and was sold at many boutiques around the world as well as direct to consumer.
The experience of working within the newly emerging clean beauty industry as a brand owner with LBF, combi