26 December 2010
Some people only know Aisleyne in the context of Big Brother and from the many photographs that have been snapped of her since that time. However her real life story surpasses any reality-show plotline.
Aisleyne was born on December 28th 1978 into a crazy North London punk household, where Siouxie Sioux and Boy George were regular visitors. Her early years were shattered after witnessing the fallout of her father's drug -fuelled suicide attempt and by her mother becoming a devout Jehovah's Witness.
Hospitalised after a serious assault, Aisleyne left home at 16, having been cut off by her mother and let down by her father. Alone in London, Aisleyne lifeline was a place in a hostel where she shared the roof over her head with the frightened women and predatory men of the city's gang culture. Despite losing close friends and loved ones to drugs, knives and gun crime, Aisleyne vowed to pick herself up and get out of there, studying fashion design and textiles at college.
It was to support herself whilst at college that Aisleyne began working as a promotions girl and glamour model, a world which has its fair share of predatory figures as well. But her childhood and young adult life had taught her to be a survivor, and she achieved growing success through a mixture of hard work and the warm personality which has become her trademark.
Aisleyne's big break came in 2006, when she was selected to compete in Big Brother, where she became a central figure. Going through an emotional journey during the series, Aisleyne finished top female to widespread popular acclaim.
Since then, Aisleyne has become living proof that it is possible to escape the streets and make good. Rarely out of the public eye, she has established herself as a successful TV personality, actress, radio presenter, author and magazine columnist, agony aunt, fashion designer, model and media celebrity.
As a glamour model, Aisleyne made regular appearances in Zoo, Nuts, Playboy, Maxim and other international publications. She also appeared in an advertising campaign on billboards and taxis in New York. Nuts magazine paid her the highest fee ever for the first post Big Brother shoot by any ex-contestant.
Aisleyne has appeared in a wide variety of light entertainment, drama and factual/news television programmes for all the main UK broadcasters. Her feature films have ranged from comedy to gritty urban drama, while her varied and busy celebrity lifestyle has been the subject of a reality TV series 'Aisleyne'.
Aisleyne's activities are regularly reported in the UK tabloid press and Internet. She has been the subject of fashion features in all the leading women's weekly magazines. Aisleyne was Reveal Magazine's Big Brother columnist and blogger for three years after leaving the house, and she has written a fortnightly advice column for More magazine.
Having studied at The London College of Fashion, Aisleyne has established her own clothing label, 'Unique by Aisleyne', selling her range of glamorous ladies clothing through retailers in UK and Eire.
Aisleyne is also committed to helping those less fortunate than herself. She is proud to be patron of Brain Tumour UK, actively helping to raise funds for the charity supporting research into an illness which holds personal significance for her. Aisleyne has been the face of "No Smoking Day" each year since 2008, and she is also working with the major charity ActionAid to raise funds for educational projects in West Africa.