286 episodes

The Chenese Lewis Show is the first podcast created for plus size industry! Established in 2008, the groundbreaking, live podcast features in-depth interviews with national brands, notable influencers, and celebrities.

The Chenese Lewis Show The Chenese Lewis Show

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 9 Ratings

The Chenese Lewis Show is the first podcast created for plus size industry! Established in 2008, the groundbreaking, live podcast features in-depth interviews with national brands, notable influencers, and celebrities.

    Chelsea Kronengold | Episode #288

    Chelsea Kronengold | Episode #288

    Chelsea Kronengold, MA, is an internationally-recognized media spokesperson and expert on topics relating to body image, eating disorders, diet culture, media literacy, and weight stigma. She has been featured in over 50 media publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, NBC, CBS, People Magazine, and USA TODAY. 

    Presently, Chelsea is the communications lead for the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), tasked with creating and executing the organization's communications and brand strategy. In this role, Chelsea also advises Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, TikTok, and NBCUniversal on eating disorders content and resources; trust and safety policies; and tips for responsible media coverage.

    NEDA just launched the inaugural Body Acceptance Week, which promotes body positivity, body neutrality, and body liberation for all, taking place November 1st  - 5th!

    • 27 min
    Melissa Mercedes | Episode #287

    Melissa Mercedes | Episode #287

    Melissa Mercedes is a celebrity fashion designer specializing in plus sizes, based in Los Angeles.  She has dressed celebrities such as Lavern Cox, Nina Parker and Nia Jax for events such as the People Choice Awards, Grammys, and much more. She is the winner of The Cultivate Award, an initiative from Eloquii and The Curvy Fashionista that supports indie designers of color in the plus-size fashion community. She won the opportunity to design a capsule collection with Eloquii that will be sold on the retailer’s site in 2022. Melissa Mercedes is also a 2021 Outstanding Female Designer nominee at The Virtual Full Figured Industry Awards happening Nov. 6th!

    • 25 min
    Heather McGarry | Episode #286

    Heather McGarry | Episode #286

    Heather McGarry is the AVP of Public Relations and Social Media for Lane Bryant and Cacique. Lane Bryant is the leading national specialty retailer for plus size women offering apparel, intimates, shoes, and accessories. Lane Bryant and Cacique operate e-commerce websites and over 600 stores throughout the United States. Heather has been with Lane Bryant for fifteen years in a succession of roles in marketing and has over 25 years of experience in apparel marketing.  As project manager for numerous Lane Bryant campaigns over the years including #ImNoAngel and #PlusIsEqual, she believes in a client focused strategy, meeting her where and when she is ready to shop. She has been active in the plus community since day one and is being honored at the Silver Fox Fashion Soiree on September 18th for her work as a woman in the fashion industry. Lane Bryant is being honored as the 2021 Retail Brand of the Year at The Virtual Full Figured Industry Awards happening Nov. 6th!

    • 43 min
    Renee Cafaro | Episode #285

    Renee Cafaro | Episode #285

    Renee Cafaro is the US Editor of plus size print magazine, SLiNK and designer at her new luxury brand RCA Public Label, serving sizes 16 - 32.  She has had a lengthy career in social justice and politics prior to her time in plus size fashion but finds both fields to be rooted in equality and advocacy. RCA Public Label is partly mission-based, not only to serve the sizes most forgotten by the industry but to aim to revitalize the economy in NYC’s Garment Center post-pandemic

    • 44 min
    Tracy Christian | Episode #284

    Tracy Christian | Episode #284

    Tracy Christian is the owner of TCA MGMT a Los Angeles based boutique talent agency and the founder of Sante Grace, a fashion forward luxury plus size clothing line. A veteran talent agent with more than twenty years in the industry, her past clients include Oscar winners Melissa Leo, Octavia Spencer, and Mo’Nique, as well as Emmy and Golden Globe winner Elizabeth Moss. In 2020, Tracy took everything she learned from years of working for textile manufacturers and designing her own wardrobe and poured it into Sante Grace. It is a fashion forward luxury plus size clothing line with garments ranging from Italian silks, cashmere, and transitional cottons, this means the line is also sustainable. Sante Grace is designed exclusively by women and pays workers a living wage, something that unfortunately is not the standard in the garment industry.

    • 36 min
    Nick Kaplan | Episode #283

    Nick Kaplan | Episode #283

    Nick Kaplan is the President and Co-Founder of Fashion to Figure (“FTF”), a leading plus size women’s fashion brand he co-founded with his brother in 2004.  Fashion to Figure, under Nick’s leadership, launched as a single store location and evolved to a $30 Million multi-channel private equity-backed venture which was ultimately sold to New York & Co, now RetailWinds, a publicly-traded company (Ticker: RTW). In addition to leading FTF as a key growth driver for the company, Kaplan also serves on the Executive Leadership Team of RTW and works closely with the company’s CEO and Board of Directors.  Over the lifespan of FTF, Nick has strategically led several areas of the business including design, merchandising, planning, supply chain, logistics, data analytics, store operations, and the customer experience and journey.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

KQCooper ,

Great Content

I love the content and all the great guest. I’m learning so much about the plus size industry and plus size women. The quality of the audio is a struggle for me sometimes. Thank so much for the awesome podcast !!!!💖💖💖

Logo17 ,

Fantastic show

I love the tactical, honest and real rawness Chanese delivers in this podcast. I hit subscribe and definitely can’t wait for the next show!!!

Valeryvie ,

Chenese Lewis is A+ for PLUS!

Chenese Lewis, host of PLUS Model Radio, is a seasoned professional who knows how to get to the heart of an interview! She has her finger on the pulse of the plus size industry and brings guests and interviews to PLUS Model Radio that speak directly to what curvy listeners want to hear... Chenese Lewis is A+ PLUS!

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