America’s Next Top Model, Whitney Thompson, Combine Love Your Body and NOH8 to Promote Acceptance For All

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 20, 2010

Following up on the buzz created by posing nude for the Hollywood NOW Love Your Body campaign, America’s Next Top Model, Whitney Thompson and plus-size model and positive body image advocate, Chenese Lewis are back with another controversial photo shoot. This time, the dynamic duo is back protesting California’s Proposition 8 by their participation in the NOH8 photo campaign. The pairs nude photo for Love Your Body day created a stir amongst those finding the images of Thompson and Lewis posing together in provocative poses offensive. The NOH8 campaign photo thus is an appropriate response to those critics.

The two posed with NOH8 logos not only in the traditional spot on their faces, but on their bodies as well, to symbolize protest against the ban against gay marriage and self- hate. Gay marriage equality is one of the key issues for the Hollywood chapter of the National Organization for Women in addition to promoting positive body image in women. Thompson is set to be the celebrity host of the Hollywood NOW’s 5th annual Love Your Body Day on October 23, 2010 at the West Hollywood Park Auditorium.

“I was shocked when I read the blogs and found very derogatory and offensive homophobic comments about our pictures, a few individuals even refused to publish our pictures because in their opinion they looked too “gay”. I was totally shocked since I had never experienced that type of discrimination before,” said Chenese Lewis, who is also the president of Hollywood NOW. “At the end of the day I think everyone should love themselves and love each other.”

To find out more about Whitney Thompson and Love Your Body Day’s weekend of festivities, please

About Whitney Thompson
Whitney Thompson is the first-ever full figured model to win America’s Next Top Model and a 2010 ambassador for the National Eating Disorder Association. Since winning the reality competition she has landed major campaigns with Forever 21, Saks Fifth Avenue, Torrid, and Converse. She is also an entrepreneur and has launched her own jewelry and candle line called Supermodel. Whitney is currently signed with Wilhelmina Models.

About Chenese Lewis
Chenese Lewis is a positive body image and self esteem advocate who made history by being the first woman crowned Miss Plus America in 2003. She is the current President of the Hollywood Chapter of the National Organization for Women and creator of Hollywood NOW’s “Love Your Body Day, and the Ambassador for the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA). She is also the host of PLUS Model Radio, the #1 podcast for plus size women.


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    I would love the opportunity to share a story about Fashion Week. I was modeling and commentating 2 shows @ NY Design for Quenns Fashion Week, and at the press opening, was asked to speak about fashion as wearable art, and how wonderful it would be to bring this art to those who are in need – in the case, seniors at centers and those in nursing homes. ArtsCare is dedicated to using art as a tool for healing – for enlightening, engagement and entertaining the elderly and their caregivers. Won’t it be wonderful to go into these places, where residents often have little to brighten their days, and offer them “Fashion Is Ageless” Shows – and use the residents, the seniors as models……

    So many of the designers, models, stylists, hair and makeup people want to volunteer their time to this – and it brought things full circle, bringing fashion as art to help heal those in life who gave us the inspiration to create this art. These shows will be done through ArtsCare (

    Thank you.
    Maryellen Kernaghan
    Kernaghan Associates
    521 E. 6th Street #2
    New York, NY 10009
    908-229-3896 mobile office
    Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
    -Twyla Tharp

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