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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] In 2015 Bustle.com listed Lewis as one of the "7 Plus Size Fashion Pioneers Who Were Ahead Of Their Time". [11]


  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
  11. ^ http://www.bustle.com/articles/110368-7-plus-size-fashion-pioneers-who-were-ahead-of-their-time

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Chenese Lewis appears as an expert on Dr. Phil

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