October 17, 2007 07:00 AM

Laila Ali is going for a second helping of milk.

The Dancing With the Stars finalist, who posed for a “Got Milk?” ad with father Muhammad Ali in 2001, goes solo this time, vamping, twirling and slurping for Annie Leibovitz’s camera in a June photo shoot in L.A.

“Take it from me, milk really packs a punch,” says the ad, which debuts Oct. 22.

As for why she decided to do the campaign, she tells PEOPLE: “I’m always striving to be as healthy as I possibly can – and you always think of milk doing a body good.”

In fact, Ali, 29, says she’s working on a Nickelodeon TV show, scheduled to air next year, about helping obese children who have trouble losing weight.

Newlywed Life

As for her personal life, Ali says starting a family is a priority that she’s trying to work into her busy schedule. “I know it’ll happen when the time is right.” But for now, she’s enjoying being a newlywed with her husband Curtis Conway, whom she married in July.

“It’s excellent and it’s exactly the way it was before we got married,” she says. “My husband and I are best friends, we have great communication and we respect each other, so we are able to work out any situation because we have those qualities in our relationship.”

Asked about this season’s Dancing contestants, she says fellow boxer Floyd Mayweather did well, and she’s especially impressed with how the female contestants are performing. “All the women are doing excellent, which is wonderful because they always compare you to the professional [dancers].”

Check out the new ad and behind-the-scenes video of Ali’s photo shoot.

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