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Chenese Lewis
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Chenese Lewis at red carpet event in Hollywood
Born Chenese Tharis Lewis
November 14, 1979
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.
Nationality American
Ethnicity African American
Occupation Actress, Host, Plus-Size Model
Years active 2000 - present
Website http://www.cheneselewis.com

Chenese Tharis Lewis born November 14 from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is an American actress, host, plus-size model, and a positive body image and self-esteem advocate. Lewis was an actress on the first season of the BET series Hell Date and was the first woman crowned Miss Plus America in 2003.


Early life[edit]

Lewis was born November 14 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is the only child born to Willie D. Lewis and Tharis Lewis. Chenese attended McKinley Senior High School and Louisiana State University.


Lewis’s career began in pageantry in 2002 when she stumbled upon a plus size beauty pageant on the internet and entered as Miss Louisiana Plus America. Without any prior pageant experience or formal training she walked away with the national title of Miss Plus America, becoming the first woman to hold the title in 2003. She made history and set the standard of excellence for the organization by being one of the most recognizable and successful queens in the organization.[1]

She moved to Los Angeles in 2004 to pursue a career in entertainment. She is best known for her role on the BET television series Hell Date. She appeared on four episodes, one where she was the lead as the “The Gorgeous Queen Diva Supreme” where she played an overly confident dater. She has also made several television appearances as herself on shows such The Insider and The Cho Show and as an expert commentator on Dr. Phil.[2]

Lewis has modeled for Torrid, served as a spokesperson for Ashley Stewart,[3] appeared in the movie Phat Girlz as a Thick Madame Magazine Model, and appeared on the December 2007 cover of PLUS Model Magazine which coined her "A leader in the curvy revolution!”.[4] In December 2012 she graced the cover of the UK anniversary issue of VICE Magazine.[5] Chenese is currently the face of Aida Cosmetics’ “Confidence and Glamour” campaign.[6]

Lewis is a former President of Hollywood NOW [7] National Organization for Women and also served as the Love Your Body Committee Chairperson[8] for the local chapter. She created and produced a local event for Hollywood NOW to celebrate Love Your Body Day. Her 2010 Love Your Body Campaign, where she posed nude with America’s Next Top Model, Whitney Thompson, garnered international media attention and magnified her role as a leading positive body image advocate.[9]


In 2014 Lewis was named by Ebony.com as one of the top "6 Plus Fashion Power Players On The Rise”. [10]


  1. ^ http://pageantcenter.com/pageants1/pageant-news/coronet-productions-presents-the-10th-annual-miss-plus-america-pageant-june-26-30-2012-in-memphis-tennessee/#.VYky_vlVhBc
  2. ^ http://www.drphil.com/slideshows/slideshow/3835/?id=3835&slide=4&showID=892&preview=&versionID=
  3. ^ http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ashley-stewart-launches-coast-to-coast-curves-plus-size-model-search-hosted-by-chenese-lewis-and-plus-model-magazine-116310474.html
  4. ^ http://www.plusmodelmag.com/General/plus-model-magazine-article-detail.asp?article-id=328586645
  5. ^ http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/vice-magazine-celebrates-10-years-uk-news-more-interesting-frivolity
  6. ^ http://www.ebony.com/style/miss-plus-size-america-face-of-aida-883#.U5lZm_ldUaK
  7. ^ http://www.usatoday.com/yourlife/your-look/2010-10-07-fiveways07_ST_N.htm
  8. ^ http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-20014516-10391704.html?tag=mncol;lst;1
  9. ^ http://stylenews.peoplestylewatch.com/2010/08/26/antm-winner-whitney-thompson-bares-all-in-the-name-of-love/
  10. ^ http://www.ebony.com/photos/style/curvy-plus-6-plus-fashion-power-players-on-the-rise-405#.VYkviflVhBc

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Wed, 16 Sep 2015 14:00:00 -0700

If you've attended a plus size fashion show, panel, or styling event anywhere across the country over the past 10 years, it's likely that you've come across Chenese Lewis. These days, she's one of plus size fashion's most sought-after hosts for events ...

PLUS Model Magazine

PLUS Model Magazine
Sat, 26 Sep 2015 17:17:16 -0700

Hosted by media personality and the first Miss Plus America Chenese Lewis as well as Latina Magazine's Director of Content Shirley Velasquez, PNO accomplished what its mission has always been… “to connect companies, brands, bloggers and the media ...


Tue, 22 Sep 2015 13:48:45 -0700

Our Director of Content Shirley Velasquez co-hosted the event alongside plus-size model and self-esteem advocate Chenese Lewis, and our Social Media Manager Stephanie Jerez interviewed a few lovely ladies on the red carpet. Watch the recap above!

Daily Venus Diva Magazine

Daily Venus Diva Magazine
Tue, 05 Aug 2014 05:31:36 -0700

Aida Cosmetics, known for their amazing colors and enhancing make-up, re-launches their Confidence and Glamour campaign featuring the first Miss Plus America, Chenese Lewis with new ads debuting Spring 2014. Aida Cosmetics introduced the ...

PLUS Model Magazine

PLUS Model Magazine
Tue, 20 Aug 2013 12:18:02 -0700

We are very excited to announce that our own Chenese Lewis, PLUS Model Radio host, will co-host a charity fashion show gala in Los Angeles, CA on this Saturday, August 24. Here's the full information: Lifedriven Foundation, Inc. presents A Charity ...
BlogTalkRadio (blog)
Wed, 02 Feb 2011 06:59:12 -0800

As readers of this blog know, PLUS Model Radio is the go-to show for news and information on the plus-size modeling industry, as well as interviews with top models in this fast-growing category. So when we tell you that host Chenese Lewis is once again ...
BlogTalkRadio (blog)
Wed, 15 Sep 2010 14:33:07 -0700

America's Next Top Model winner Whitney Thompson and our own Chenese Lewis—who last month raised eyebrows by posing nude together for the Hollywood Chapter of the National Organization for Women's Fifth Annual Love Your Body Day—are using ...
BlogTalkRadio (blog)
Wed, 25 Aug 2010 06:33:05 -0700

Here at BlogTalkRadio, we often refer to our many talented hosts as getting “up close and personal” with their celebrated guests. But Chenese Lewis, host of our ever-poplar PLUS Model Radio, has taken that expression to a whole new level. As part of ...

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