‘Never giving up’ helped Chenese Lewis build larger-than-life brand

Winning the national title for the first-ever Miss Plus America Pageant in 2003 ultimately led Baton Rouge native Chenese Lewis to launch her own multimedia company. 

After being crowned Miss Plus America, Lewis realized the organization didn’t have many public relations opportunities for her to promote herself. So she moved to Los Angeles, booking a major role in a music video just three weeks later. Following various other gigs and a decade living in California, a multimedia personality was born.

Lewis, who returned to Baton Rouge in 2014, is now going on her 12th year of hosting her podcast, “The Chenese Lewis Show,” and earlier this year, she was featured in Forbes, spotlighting her 20-plus years in the modeling industry. Next, she aspires to write a book about her life.

“It would be about never giving up,” Lewis tells Business Report. “Even in the hard times and odd times against you, you’re not what society thinks you are.”

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