Introducing Influencer Judge Damaris Lewis: Poet, Actor, Maker, Muse

Recently, I announced the open call for entries for the 2018 Indie Business Network Artisan Product of the Year Awards. Our winners will be announced next month. In the meantime, I'd like you to become acquainted with our panel of carefully curated Influencer Judges.

This article shares three things you need to know about our Influencer Judge Damaris Lewis, so you can get an idea of what matters to her and how excited she is to learn about your products.

  1. Damaris is an accomplished dancer, runway model, spokesmodel, and poet.

    As a child, Damaris studied dance at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, which was featured in the 1980 film Fame. During her second year of high school, she signed a contract with Elite Model Management. Lewis has appeared in campaigns for many dozens of brands, including Black/Up, Target, the NBA, Garnier, Target, Kohl's Clarins, MAC, L’Oreal, and Yves Saint Laurent. She has done editorial shoots for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2009, 2010, 2011; Essence Magazine, French Marie Claire, SELF Magazine, Cosmopolitan, and GQ. Prince, yes, *that* Prince, selected Damaris to be a part of his 2012 Welcome 2 Australia Tour, and she danced and toured with the iconic singer and musician until his untimely passing in April 2016.

  2. Damaris is a Maker.

    Damaris is the Maker behind the Love Your Flo, a brand of soy wax candles made with essential oils traditionally used to produce improved mental clarity and encourage hormonal balance: clary sage, frankincense, rose, geranium, and lavender. The Love Your FLo candle is as a fragrant reminder that women's blood runs not just through them, but also through the arteries of the earth.

  3. Damaris is an actor.

    Damaris began acting in 2011. Most recently, she starred in Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman, playing the role of Odetta. Most recently, as reported by Variety, she signed on to play a role in the noir thriller, Fatale, also starting Geoffrey Owens (of Cosby Show fame), Michael Early, and Hillary Swank.

Here is a short clip of Damaris being interviewed about her role in BlacKkKlansman:

While Damaris is very active on social media (now moving past 61,000 Instagram followers), she does not believe in over-sharing. Her approach is beautifully summarized in this quote in her interview with Nylon online:

“People put everything on Insta story and online now, but the true legends were a mystery… They never gave away their allure.”

That's a great word of advice we can all take to heart!

Meet actor, dancer, poet, model, and role model, Damaris Lewis, @damarislewis, one of the curated Artisan Product of the Year judges.Click To Tweet

Donna Maria, Indie Business Network

Visit Damaris Lewis's website at this link, and join 61,000+ fans and friends on Instagram.

If you are inspired and motivated by Damaris' down-to-earth style and unassuming beauty, do share in the comments below. Does her work remind you that you can do anything? I appreciate every single share on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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About Donna Maria Coles Johnson

Donna Maria is an author, podcaster, attorney, and the founder and CEO of the Indie Business Network, providing affordable product liability insurance and mentoring. Donna Maria teaches Makers and Creative Entrepreneurs how to use technology and community to build a profitable, sustainable business.