Brooklyn-born model Damaris Lewis always knew she was destined for game! Four years ago, while studying dance at Manhattan's prestigious Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music, Art & Performing Arts (aka the "Fame" school), Lewis caught the modeling bug and quickly became one of the hottest faces in the game. Not only has the voluptuous 19-year-old graced the pages of French Vogue and starred in campaigns for Yves Saint Laurent and Benetton; she also landed a coveted spot in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Here, the gorgeous Elite model chats with us about everything from the greatness of Oprah Winfrey to her obsession with Dr. Miracle Grease.
With her flawless cocoa complexion, sculpted cheekbones and strong brows, Damaris is fast becoming a modern beauty icon. When it comes to her own beauty idols, she names Oprah Winfrey, Mary J. Blige and Judith Jameson. “I look up to women who’ve paved the way for greatness while retaining their sense of self,” she says. “Their beauty emanates from deep within their souls.”