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KOKOnista Of The Day: Damaris Lewis Is The Melanin Top Model Taking The Big Screen By Storm 

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Damaris Lewis is an American model who is taking the big screen by storm.


Damaris Lewis was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Her parents are West Indian from the island of St. Kitts. She studied with a conservatory-style arts concentration in dance at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.


Lewis was discovered while performing with her childhood dance company, Restoration Dance Theater at Chelsea Piers. She waited until her second year of high school to sign a contract with Elite Model Management.
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Lewis has appeared in campaigns for Black/Up, Clarins, MAC Cosmetics, L’Oréal, and Yves Saint Laurent. She has done editorial shoots for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2009, 2010, 2011; Essence, French Marie Claire, Self, Cosmopolitan, and GQ.

Nick Jonas and Modelinia selected her to do a three-day, feature-style interview video set. This platform exposed her to a wider audience.

Lewis appeared briefly in the 2011 movie Limitless, dancing in a club scene with Bradley Cooper.  She also appeared in Spike Lee’s 2018 film BlacKkKlansman as Odetta.

She hosted a special presentation for The Africa Channel titled Prince! Behind The Symbol: Music Special, during his Welcome 2 America – 21 Night Stand at the Los Angeles Forum.

Lewis starred in the promo video that kicked off the 2013 NBA All-Star Game played in Houston, Texas. She went on to co-host NBA Style for TNT and NBA TV with Turner Broadcasting for three years. In 2016, Lewis co-hosted ESPN’s City Slam Dunk Competition.

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Damaris appeared in the 2009, 2010, and 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues. In 2018, she acted in the film BlacKkKlansman.

In 2019, Lewis played Jazmine Wintour, a member of the House of Wintour, on the FX channel series Pose. The same year she played the character Blackfire in season two of the DC Universe series Titans, and was later promoted to series regular for season three.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – AUGUST 08: Damaris Lewis attends the premiere of Focus Features’ ‘BlaKkKlansman’ at Samuel Goldwyn Theater on August 8, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

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