Kiana Tom

Kiana Tom

Born: March 14, 1965
Age: 53
Birthplace: Maui, Hawaii, USA
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Biography

Kiana Tom (born March 14, 1965) is an American television host, fitness expert, author, actress, and businesswoman. She is best known as the hostess and creator of Kiana's Flex Appeal on ESPN.

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Television and film work

Tom was one of the cast members of the syndicated program BodyShaping, which aired on ESPN from 1990 to 1998.

In 1995, Tom created, hosted and co-produced her fitness series, Kiana's Flex Appeal, a lifestyle, health and fitness program on ESPN. Tom wrote numerous exercise routines and created the segments: home gym, pro gym, target training, aqua flex training. The show ended in 2001.

Due to the program's initial high ratings, ESPN chose to develop other shows around Tom, including Kiana's Too Fit 2 Quit, Summer Sizzle with Kiana & Hot Summer Nights with Kiana. Tom has also hosted ABC Super Bowl Nightlife, and has many other television hosting credits.

Kiana co-starred in her first movie, Universal Soldier: The Return with Jean-Claude Van Damme. According to the New York Times review of the film the presence of the fitness guru compounded the physicality of the film.

Other work

Tom is a co-author of Kiana's Body Sculpting, a 144-page guide to improving fitness and strength, which was published in 1994. She is a recipient of the prestigious United States Sports Academy award for her contributions to the health and fitness industry. Tom was interviewed on behalf of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports at the inaugural X Games in Newport, Rhode Island in 1995. She was also a cheerleader for the Oakland Raiders for two seasons.

She posed nude for the May 2002 edition of Playboy magazine. According to one interview, she was such a perfectionist that she had to wait until the right time in her career where she felt her body was in the best shape it had ever been.

Personal life

Tom has been married since March 2002. Her husband is a fire department captain. She has two daughters. Her father, Layne Tom Jr., was an actor who played various children (including Charlie Chan Jr.) in Charlie Chan films and was the Asian Boy Ranger in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

She is part Hawaiian, Chinese and Irish. Her name is the Hawaiian form of Diana.

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