If anyone deserves her own show on Oprah Winfrey‘s new cable net, it’s BlogTalkRadio’s own Chenese Lewis.
And if you agree, read on—though be sure to cast your vote by July 3, when the polls close.
“We’re looking for people who have ‘It,'”says Oprah of her nationwide search for a new OWN host.
“Infectious energy, unique sense of humor, personality galore. Pair that with a fun and creative idea, and you could end up with your own show.”
“I’m a full-figured and confident diva who was born to be on TV,” says Chenese in response to Oprah’s call to action. “I’m a Southern belle with lots of personality!”
Since its launch here on BTR in March 2008, Chenese’s PLUS Model Radio has become the go-to show for the plus-model industry, regularly featuring leading models like Ashley Graham, Whitney Thompson and Tali Giat, as well as actors, designers, photogs and others working to promote a healthy, positive self-image for full-figured gals the world over.
Originally from Baton Rouge, La., Chenese, who now makes her home in L.A., made history in 2003 by being the first woman crowned Miss Plus America.
Since then, she has created Love Your Body Day, an annual event that takes place in October in Hollywood.
But if you missed Chenese in those roles, you may well have caught her on BET’s mock-dating show, Hell Date, or as a commentator on Dr. Phil.
Should Chenese land her own TV show, she’ll be the third BTR host to hit the big time this year.
In April, Talk Dat Ish Radio‘s Tionna Smalls debuted on VH1’s What Chilli Wants opposite TLC’s Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas.
And a month before that, Byron Allen‘s Entertainment Studios announced the launch of America’s Court with Judge Ross, featuring the Kevin Ross Show‘s (you guessed it) Kevin Ross.
Produced in partnership with Discovery Communications, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network launches Jan. 1, 2011. Nine months later, The Oprah Winfrey Show, which has been nationally syndicated since 1986, signs off forever.
To see Chenese’s audition video—and vote for her in Your OWN Show:Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star—click here.
To sample PLUS Model Radio, click here.
To read more about Chenese, click here.
To read more about Tionna and Chilli on What Chilli Wants, click here.
To read about Kevin on America’s Court with Judge Ross, click here.