Leona Lewis

by ethnic on February 5, 2008

Birth Name: Leona Louise Lewis

Place of Birth: Islington, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 3 April, 1985

*Afro-Guyanese (father)
*Welsh, Italian, Irish (mother)

Leona Lewis is a British singer and songwriter. She is also an animal welfare campaigner.

Her father, Aural Josiah, is Guyanese. Her mother, Maria Lewis, is said to be of Welsh, Italian, and Irish descent.

Leona has said “My mum is Welsh-Italian and white and my dad Joe is Guyanan and black”.

A picture of Leona with her parents can be seen here.

The ancestry of the population of Guyana is East Indian (43%), African (30%), mixed heritage (16%), and other ethnic groups (11%).

Leona won the third season of the British television series The X Factor, in 2006.

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk

Joe Seer/bigstock.com

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midori29 August 29, 2016 at 12:25 pm

I know a lot of people think she is pretty but honestly I think she is odd looking. I have seen a lot better biracial women like Alicia Keys, Halle Berry, Mariah Carey etc. but Leona is odd looking, maybe she needs a nose job, her facial structure does not match the rest of her.

fuzzybear44 August 29, 2016 at 3:23 pm

The funny thing is, I believe that is the nose job

neiltennant January 4, 2018 at 2:59 pm

she has had at least 2 nose jobs and several skin bleachings

andrew February 17, 2016 at 6:47 am
andrew February 9, 2016 at 3:52 pm
noneofyourbusiness December 2, 2014 at 3:56 pm

She is beautiful. but she did get a nose job to look more white. Anyway, it seems that black men and white women always make beautiful children.

phaedra April 24, 2016 at 12:09 am

You can see that she has a slightly hooked nose. Why the hell would she get plastic surgery to get a bone in her nose?

Kimmel August 4, 2016 at 5:35 am

I don’t think it was anything to with ‘looking white’, she just had a big nose that was disproportionate with her face.

fuzzybear44 August 4, 2016 at 2:10 pm


Well looking at pics of her as a child, I don’t think her nose was all that big or disproportionate with her face. I think (noneofyourbusiness) was correct, she probably wanted to look more like her mother(which I am by no means saying anything is wrong with that) . Unfortunately, having a broad nose is looked down on as African , and people seem to try and distance themselves from that heritage. It’s been push into the mindset that looking Caucasian is better(I don’t agree, but it is what it is) . Same thing with skin color and hair.

neiltennant August 29, 2016 at 9:02 am


neiltennant July 21, 2013 at 1:12 pm

poor leona

she had plastic surgery to correct her african nose, but her career is over

fuzzybear44 August 31, 2016 at 12:46 am

I think you meant to say Alter her nose. The word (Correct) would imply that there was something wrong with have an African nose. Which I’m sure you didn’t mean

gtlady April 2, 2013 at 10:18 pm

Yea! she’s half guyanese, which means she’s half-caribbean..big up!

betty boo March 1, 2013 at 7:00 pm


Anita March 10, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Exactly! Why are these people describing her by nationality when she was born in Britain. Do they not understand the difference between race and nationality?

betty boo April 3, 2013 at 12:28 am

@ Anita- Sometimes when i read these articles,i just cant believe it. Any ways if they googled pics of her parents, then they would soak in that her dad definately is 100% black and the mum is 100% white. Why do they beat about the bush?


David September 8, 2012 at 1:54 pm

I wish she would Get More Promotion

Rebecca69 April 18, 2012 at 3:29 am

So she’s biracial basically? Didn’t know that. It does explain the exotic blend of her look, very pretty.

DarellDianne April 9, 2012 at 6:51 am

she is an amazing lady..!!

Christian March 23, 2012 at 9:23 am

leona lewis has blue eyes and dark skin, a typical beautiful type of mixed descent

o! March 4, 2012 at 1:59 pm

leona not only is beautiful but she has a gift from god she was blessed with a beautiful singing voice and im 16 ive been listining to her for like 3 years and her songs never fail i love you leona (even though i dont know you)

Bella March 4, 2012 at 12:07 pm

She doesnt even look black. white people hair (when straight), nose, eyes… The skin colour is the only thing that implies she is mixed even though she is very very light… Ito me she looks 1/4 black not half.

midori29 August 5, 2016 at 1:42 pm

Yes she definitely LOOKS BLACK. I do not see what else she looks like ??? her entire facial structure is black. She just has white hair and light eyes which some black people have. She looks like what she is half black and white. This little platinum blonde boy is 1/4th black as his mom is biracial black white and he looks white not Leona.


Maria January 23, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Pretty i prefer when she had her hair in the tight curls like on the Xfactor it looked good on her.

Angel Syrene January 1, 2012 at 1:00 am

She’s Make Black

Ammz October 27, 2011 at 5:17 am

She’s lucky to have the unique combination of dark skin and blue eyes, and to be gifted with such a nice voice.

krazykat April 23, 2011 at 8:20 pm
Russell Kalbfleisch April 21, 2011 at 8:41 am

I’m as cold as ice. My butt is nice. Holla @ ur boy but I’m not a toy.
Realest rapper around. One.

rome December 17, 2010 at 1:41 am

I wish Americans had more of a Brazilian mentality, they don’t look at race, they just all consider themselves Brazilian. At the end of the day, whether you’re black, white, Asian, black-Hispanic, white-Hispanic, if you’re American, you carry the American image with you around the world, regardless of your race.

Samia-Kabullah-Bella-Rose December 17, 2010 at 4:52 am

In the country i live in (France but i’m definitly not French) we don’t look at skin color,religion or ethnicity because even though we might be of a different race we’re still in the human race :)

bobert March 9, 2011 at 8:46 am

your realy wierd. like who cares. kbye

h.a. September 25, 2011 at 5:31 pm
Angantyr October 4, 2011 at 2:14 am

And you are probably one of the racist shits who swarm around this site.

multigrl July 5, 2012 at 1:47 am

I like France, however there are issues there of by a race and religious nature. I didn’t have a problem when I visited and the locals knew I was not African. However, there are issues in France with Africans OK.

What I will say I’ve noticed is while travelling abroad, the people of other countries had a better grasp of my background than the people of my own country. I guess American’s should get a grip and pay attention in school. If that doesn’t do the trick get off this site and try using google. When people migrate, they mix OK, it is that simple. This history of America has been one of oppression. One of the outcomes is race mixing OK. Humans are resilient.

WTF April 22, 2011 at 5:46 am


They don’t look at race,are you kidding.Anytime you have 136 different shades before you will say your black,somethings wrong.If they didn’t look at color,there would be no need for a description such a( Pardo ).If race truly didn’t matter,then someone calling black down there shouldn’t matter,however it does seem to matter

Anonymous April 22, 2011 at 4:43 pm

I find it interesting that most white Latin Americans are wealthy, while many of the mestizos and mulattos are poor and of working class. This is especially prominent in Mexico and Brazil. You may say this has nothing to do with race . . . but I think it does. So, cut the bull.

Amber Berg July 24, 2011 at 9:27 am

That is correct @ Anonymous!

marjanel February 5, 2016 at 4:28 pm

Or that most Mexicans that go to USA are indomestizos.In Latín America, people are not that obsessed in labeling people with races like USA or using things like Italoamerican, Mexican-American.But that doesn’t means that Blacks and indigenous don’t tend to be poorer for historical reasons.

fuzzybear44 February 6, 2016 at 12:20 am

(.But that doesn’t means that Blacks and indigenous don’t tend to be poorer for historical reasons.)

historical reasons alright
1. Yes your grandfather paid for this land and made it into something, but sense he was a ex-slave he wasn’t entitled to own land (it’s a new law we made up) wink wink

2.Yes you paid for this land, but you’re black and therefore a foreigner. Yes we’re foreigner to, but that doesn’t matter.

3. Yes during a race riot, we burned down your property . However we have pass a new ordinance stating you can’t rebuild on scorched land

4. Ok we have just redline your entire area. So if you wish to work for low wages, you have to sell your land “Cheap” to us and move to the city

5. You’re in luck, we’re going paid less than the white people for the same job. Also don’t worry, we will not promote you. Oh btw, don’t act to smart, you know we don’t like that

and other little stuff like that

As for the Indians, how dare they be on the land , before the white man got here. Then they don’t want to give it up, what nerve

bria fernanda April 24, 2011 at 10:39 pm

If Brazilians don’t look at race than why is it that the white brazilians have the wealth and extreme poverty strikes the afro brazilian community? On Brazilian TV & novelas, you will almost never see a black face…acting, hosting, or anchoring. How could this be when Brazil has the 2nd largest black community in the world after Nigeria? Only in a race obsessed society. America and Brazil are both race obsessed countries, but America elected a black president and the truth is, the average black american has more opportunities and a greater chance at success than the average black brazilian.

marjanel February 5, 2016 at 4:24 pm

Brazil and Latín Americans are not that obsessed with labeling people with races like USA.Americans are more obsessed with that.But that doesn’t mean that there is not Any racist or that because historical reasons Afri-brazilians are poorer than whites, in the same way that happens in USA.

Amber Berg July 24, 2011 at 9:26 am

Brazilians are also racist as well!

felicia October 14, 2011 at 2:16 pm

You dont live in america you wouldnt know !

levangelista36 July 6, 2012 at 1:02 am

Brazil does have issues with racism and colorism, though. It is a myth that they do not. I do wish Americans could just identify as Americans.

midori29 August 29, 2016 at 12:23 pm

@Rome ALL Brazilians look at race this is why Brazil is the most racist place on earth 5 times worse than America. Black Brazilians live in Faveleas, they dance in Carnivals, they are not educated, and are poor and the black Brazilians who call themselves mullatos, pardos, and morenos have NOTHING but dancing and carnivals. They are just different shades of black.While the white people have all the wealth and the fun and education. Brazil is Germany in the 40’s a very racist place. SAD

Natasha November 4, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Lewis is an English name.

rome December 17, 2010 at 1:42 am

What are you implying?

Kc November 4, 2010 at 10:57 am

She comes across as the most boring person ever!

Shareefah Stanley September 20, 2010 at 8:39 pm

I love you Leona. There is no one like you. Your voice is amazing and unique. I was just watching one of your music videos. And you are so pretty so I wanted to know what ethnicity you were. So I looked it up. I could tell that you had a little African in you. And I am going to say it again I love your voice and your songs. I can really relate to all of them. I LOVE YOU KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK:)

midori29 August 29, 2016 at 12:24 pm

@Shareefah Stanley she has a lot of Africa in her her dad is black that’s ALOT

Yo. August 7, 2010 at 8:21 am

I Love Leona Lewis.
But she stated that she was only mixed with two races.
Which is Black and White.

so i justed wanted to know where did you get that ethnicity from ?

ethnic August 7, 2010 at 8:26 am

Well her father is Afro-Caribbean = African and her mother is Welsh, Italian, and Irish which means she is Black and White.

Yo. August 9, 2010 at 11:57 am

Yeahh i knoow that. i justed wanted to know where you got the information from.

ethnic August 9, 2010 at 10:41 pm

I got it from the source listed above.

check your info December 21, 2010 at 3:15 pm

well the source does not even list italian and irish so u need to check what you wrote the source says “Lewis was raised in Hackney, east London, by her father Joe, a youth offending officer and a DJ of Guyanese descent, and her Welsh-bred mother Maria, a ballet teacher-turned-social worker, along with her brothers, Bradley and Kyle.” not italian and irish do more research on the people before you write something thats not true dont depend on wiki or add what you believe because you did the samething for jaden smith you said Jada did not confirm that she is all that ethnicities so why write she is all those things when she did not even say that so please get more information thank you

Alexis mar May 16, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Ilove u love ur voice

color? April 19, 2010 at 4:37 am

americans are ust like brasilians the mixed country beautiful mixed people all over i dont care if they look more white or more black or more asian we are beautifull hahahah

dolphin March 14, 2011 at 6:26 pm

She is not American.

sal March 27, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Leona louise lewis is and always will be the most beautiful girl ive ever seen in my life and is by far the best singer in the music industry. beautiful and extremely talented keep on doing da damthang looovvveee u so much

pricilla February 10, 2010 at 9:26 am

damn leona u got a good voice….. your so pretty i wish i could see you in person… I LOVE U SO MUCH! YOUR MY IDOL! WOWWWWWWWWW! your so beautiful….. i really love all of your songs keep making more gurlll… always work hard for something u really love.

love u gurll


One and Only June 5, 2010 at 12:34 am


MixedChik May 23, 2009 at 4:37 am

Lol! Leona isn’t reading THIS! Lol. Anyways, nice mix (:

Bri January 28, 2009 at 11:58 am

I love you leona! you are so beautyful,and your like the next mariah cannon!lol carey.watev i love u so much! i knew yuh had black in yuh somewhere:]

nestor January 4, 2009 at 4:20 am

Hi Dear Leona Happy to you

l love youre songs .and continuing succes.

love you leona the beautiful

maritza November 24, 2008 at 2:06 pm

leona lewis i LOVE YOU!!!!! and your music i was at the 2008 music award and when i saw you i just started sreaming my lungs out and that i love and hey what is your race are you black hawaiian or something else so email me and yea I LOVE YOU

naomi August 30, 2008 at 6:31 am

hey i think leona is very beautiful and she has a wonderful voice.. i love your song bleeding love

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