Gena Tew Wiki
An Instagram model and social media star, Gena Tew came into the spotlight because of her eye-catching photos, but also because of being romantically linked to numerous celebrities. Sadly, she was diagnosed with AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), has struggled with this disease, however, she decided to share her story with the rest of the world.
Let us tell you the naked truth about the woman behind the Viral Internet Meme, who has been accused of lying about her AIDS diagnosis. However, when she started documenting her struggle with this vicious disease, many just hung their heads in shame.
Early life, family, and education
Born under the zodiac sign of Sagittarius on 16 December 1994, which makes her 28 years old as of March 2023, she’s a native of Memphis, Tennessee USA, holds American nationality, and her ethnicity is African-American.
She respects her family’s privacy, thus she hasn’t shared any information regarding her parents and siblings, but we found out that she had an elder sister who sadly died due to lung disease.
Speaking of her educational background, she attended a local high school, and upon matriculating in 2012, she didn’t go to college but moved to Los Angeles, California to launch her modeling career. She once stated that she was homeless for months, and so would stay with some people, as she said, ‘stranger-danger’, and took care of their homes and their pets in exchange for rent. Subsequently, she moved to New York City, where she lived in a train station.
Her first job was as an assistant at a studio. Eventually, she began modeling, and Gena was seen on the covers of numerous magazines, and also collaborated with popular brands.
— Gena Tew (@GenaTew) April 5, 2022
Rose to prominence
Gena gained fame as a model, and after she established her Instagram account and began uploading her photos, her popularity quickly grew. Today, her Instagram has been followed by over 100,000 people, although she’s posted just 30 times. Gena also has a Twitter account, established in October 2015, which has been followed by over 1,000 people.
Her TikTok videos brought her an army of followers on this social media platform, over 850,000 at the current count, and all of her videos together have amassed nearly 7.5 million likes. She uses this platform to raise awareness of AIDS, and also to document her health journey since being diagnosed with the desease.
In one of her videos, Gena showed how she struggled to get out of bed, as her weight dropped and her legs weakened due to muscle atrophy. This video has been viewed over 10 million times.
Gena launched her self-titled YouTube channel in 2010, which is today subscribed to by nearly 20,000 people, and all of her videos together have gained more than a million views. The most viewed video on her channel is “AIDS story time with me GENA TEW”, which was uploaded on 5 November 2022, and viewed nearly 700,000 times.
What happened to Gena Tew?
Some evil tongues said that Gena is using her ongoing battle to garner more social media attention, however, Gena stated that her goal is to reach young people who follow her to be aware of the consequences of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). She says that she was famous and popular before she began sharing her story about AIDS in early 2022.
Gena spoke about her condition, saying that she thought she had done HIV tests while doing STD tests, but when the doctors realized how sick she was, they tested her for HIV. Doctors told her that she’d been infected for eight to ten years, so Gena has no idea who gave her the virus.
In recent months, Gena has lost her sight in one eye. She underwent surgery, which seemed to be successful, however, five days after the procedure, Gena become completely blind in her left eye. Luckily, she at least put some weight back on – at the time when she was diagnosed, she weighted around 60lbs (27kgs) – and also regained her ability to walk with the help of a walker.
Love life and relationships
As mentioned, Gena was romantically linked to numerous celebrities, and some of the big names are Chris Brown and Nick Cannon. Allegedly, she was seen with Nick Cannon back in 2015, when the two were leaving a hotel together. They were following each other on Instagram for a little over a year before they met in a nightclub. He offered her a drink, which she accepted, and allegedly they just talk and she went home alone. The paparazzi took photos of the two of them, and this is how this story about Gena and Nick began. When it comes to Chris Brown, the two were romantically linked sometime in 2017.
After she was diagnosed with AIDS, Gena contacted her sexual partners to let them know of her status. She stated that all of them have been very supportive, making sure she’s doing OK; luckily, no one else has tested positive. Gena hasn’t shared the names of these sexual partners, but what everyone wanted to know is if there are some celebrities among them.
Once, Gena shared dozens of photos featuring her and celebrities such as Trey Songz, Diplo, Taryn Manning, and Jeffree Star, however, she hasn’t spoken about her dating anyone of them. People wanted to know how many celebrities she may or may not have been intimate with over the years, however, Gena answered equivocally.
Gena is rumored to have dated all the mentioned celebrities, however, neither she nor they confirmed these assumptions. In the video she posted on her YouTube channel, she said that although many won’t believe it, she hasn’t had many relationships.
As of March 2023, Gena seems to be single, she hasn’t been married or engaged, and doesn’t have children.
How rich is Gena Tew?
In one of her videos, Gena revealed that she needs over $4,000 per month for her medicine to keep her healthy after her AIDS diagnosis, and so started a GoFundMe, so people can help her. According to sources, as of early 2023, her net worth has been estimated at over $600,000, and most of the income she’s earned through her modeling career, and as a social media influencer.