Simone P. Lewis was a contestant during Cycle 14 of ANTM.
The 19-year-old Lenexa, Kansas, native is a graduate of Shawnee Mission West High School. She participated in track, earning two varsity letters, and debate, where she was recognized for her outstanding talent with the Debater of the Year award.
While also anchoring and producing her school’s monthly television show, Simone spent countless hours volunteering, tutoring, and working as a hostess. She is currently a sophomore at Duke University, majoring in international comparative studies.
During her initial interviews with the panel during episode 1 of Cycle 14, Simone revealed that she was the only African-American girl in her sorority, Delta Gamma. She also said that often her friends refer to her as an “oreo” – meaning she’s white on the inside and black on the outside.
She described herself as a real over acheiver. She was either going to grow up to be Hillary Clinton or a Victoria Secret model.
Simone began the competition as one of the strongest models on the show, despite her limited experience before auditioning. She was called 5th following the nude photo shoot with Jonathan Mannion and 5th following the perfume shoot with Brian Edwards. During episode 3, Simone was called 8th – and she won the go-see challenge at BlueFly.com. She won a $2,500 gift card to Bluefly.com, as well as a place in Bluefly.com’s national spring campaign.
During episode 4, Simone failed to produce an impressive ‘vampire’ photo for the judges. Tyra described her photo as “too mannequin-like.” She said that Simone could have been more sensual, which caused Tyra to not like it.
Due to her poor performance during the photo shoot with Sarah Silver, Simone landed in the bottom two with Anslee. Tyra said that Simone had strong potential, but when given the critique to push her abilities, she wasn’t portraying that effort in her photos. She said that Simone couldn’t “portray on the outside what she was feeling on the inside.”
Simone was the 4th girl eliminated from the show.
Upon leaving, Simone said the following:
“We all come here with the intention to win; we’re given the tools to be successful, but I guess I didn’t use those tools to the fullest.”
Upon leaving, Simone said she wanted to pursue modeling; she just needed to get more comfortable with her body in front of the camera.
To read Simone’s post-elimination interview with RTV Games, click here.
Since the show, Simone has signed with an agency in Kansas City, Missouri while continuing her education at Duke University.
To view more photos of Simone, click here.