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Friday, April 5, 2002
Kiana Tom

She's the queen of morning fitness, but Kiana Tom is no dumbbell. The fitness instructor turned actress has a plan for superstardom and she's kicking it off by taking it off for Playboy.

Kiana says, I'm such a perfectionist. I had to wait until the right time in my career where I felt that my body was in the best shape it's ever been."

It may not be the first thing you notice, but Kiana had beautiful Asian furniture imported for the shoot and special designer shoes. She says, From what I realize, men don't even realize that there's furniture in the shots or that Im wearing shoes."

Growing up in southern California, Kiana could never have imagined all this success. She says, I used to come crying home from grade school, 'I want to have blonde hair, blue eyes. I want to look like everyone else. I just couldn't stand being different."

Kiana got her confidence through fitness. Her passion led her to a job hosting a popular fitness show on ESPN, a best-selling book, and a role opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme in "Universal Soldier." But success came with a heavy price. Kiana says, It's very scary."

Kiana started getting threatening letters, dozens of them. She was forced to call in the FBI and now lives in fear. She says, I never answer the door. I never give my address. I have a different name when I go to a hotel room. I never travel alone."

And these days, she doesn't have to. Last month, Kiana found love, marrying Dennis Breshears, a fireman she met after she got bit by a dog and called for help.

But Kiana's not ready to settle down. She says her new Playboy photo shoot is just the beginning. I think the key to happiness is to want something after you get it and to really appreciate it when you have it."

 


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