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Bonnie-Jill Laflin has the last laugh

Posted 9:32am on Thursday, Mar. 03, 2011

Bonnie-Jill Laflin is not your garden variety All-American girl. She wears multiple hats ranging from broadcast journalist to philanthropy to model to actress as well as being a successful entrepreneur.

The former Miss Dallas-Fort Worth USA has appeared on NFL Network, ESPN's Cold Pizza, ESPN2's Speed World, Spike TV's Hotlines, as a correspondent on FOX News' The Hannitiy Show, and as a KCAL/KCBS correspondent for the Lakers.While she is not the first female sports broadcaster, she is the first and only female NBA scout -- scouting for the Los Angeles Lakers. Her time with the Lakers has yielded her five NBA championship rings to go along with her Super Bowl ring from her time spent as a member of the San Francisco 49ers Goldrush cheerleading squad. She followed that up by becoming a member of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. When she was in high school, Bonnie-Jill was named Cheerleader of the Year by the NBA as a member of the Golden St. Warriors squad.

Bonnie-Jill's acting and modeling career alone has been a huge success. She has graced the pages of Sports Illustrated, GQ, Maxim, STUFF, FHM and Frederick's of Hollywood. Her numerous television appearances include Ally McBeal, CSI:Miami, Baywatch and as a model on the hit game-show Deal or No Deal. She is often recognized from the Dierks Bentley's Come a Little Closer video, which was named "Sexiest Music Video" by CMT.

Bonnie-Jill is involved in many charitable organizations and recently started her own non-profit "Hounds and Heroes" benefiting the military and animal welfare. She is very passionate about supporting the troops as both of her grandfathers served in World War II. She has parlayed her modeling career into 16 Goodwill and USO tours.

As an entrepreneur, Bonnie-Jill combined her loved of fashion and sports and is the founder and CEO of the trendy NBA clothing line "Double Play Sportswear." It is available in NBA arena stores nationwide.

Bonnie-Jill Laflin was in Dallas for the maddening marathon of Super Bowl XLV week hosting her own celebrity party and working as a correspondent on the Michael Irvin radio show. She sat down with me at the Rosewood Crescent Hotel during the Style Icon Gifting Lounge for a relaxing chat in a busy week.

Born: San Francisco
Lives: Los Angeles
Day job: First and only female NBA scout with the Lakers and running her charity
Dream job: Owning and running my own professional sports franchise
Favorite sports teams: San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Lakers and, of course, the Dallas Cowboys
Favorite pro athlete: Joe Montana. He is a leader and role model on and off the field.
Favorite movie that made you laugh: Anchorman
Favorite movie that made you cry: Saving Private Ryan
Favorite movie of all time: The Wizard of Oz.
Favorite food: I am a vegetarian, so I am a salads girl.
Favorite junk food: Sour Patch Kids and Chocolate Chip cookies
Favorite places to hang out in DFW: Cowboys Stadium, Highland Park Village
Favorite places to hang out in L.A.: Staples Center (home of the LA Lakers) and Hollywood Park, where she can watch her two thoroughbred horses that she owns.
Who is the person you admire most and why?: My father. I am certainly a daddy's girl. The first thing I ever read was a horse racing form and I grew up going to games with my dad. He was an undercover officer for 33 years in San Francisco. He was even featured in a reality show on Court TV called The Decoy Squad.

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