Jay Manuel

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Jay Manuel
Born(1972-08-14) August 14, 1972 (age 40)
Springfield, Illinois
 
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Jay Manuel
Born(1972-08-14) August 14, 1972 (age 40)
Springfield, Illinois

Jay Manuel (born August 14, 1972) is an American make-up artist, fashion photographer, and model[citation needed]. He is most recognizable as the director of photo shoots on the popular reality television show America's Next Top Model. Manuel is also the host and lead judge of the second and third cycle of Canada's Next Top Model, a spin-off to the original.

Manuel was born in Springfield, Illinois to a mother of Italian and Czech descent and a South African father of Malaysian and Dutch descent.[1] He was raised in Toronto[1][2] where he attended Dr Norman Bethune Collegiate Institute high school and York University.

Before entering the fashion industry, Manuel was a pre-med student and also studied opera, even working for the Metropolitan Opera at one point.[2] Eventually, he became a makeup artist, working for clients such as Tyra Banks and Iman.[2]

Manuel and friend J. Alexander, also an America's Next Top Model personality, often appear on E!: Entertainment Television's Fashion Police episodes with Debbie Matenopoulos, which air the day after E!'s Live From the Red Carpet coverage of major awards shows such as The Academy Awards, The Grammys, The Golden Globes and The Primetime Emmy Awards. Manuel also hosts his own show, Style Her Famous, on the Style Network. In September 2006,[3] he introduced his own make-up line, Manuel Override, on QVC. He is the personal make-up artist of supermodel Tyra Banks. On America's Next Top Model, Manuel is also known as "Mister Jay", a counterpart to J. Alexander's "Miss J."[2]

He also made a cameo appearance in Degrassi Takes Manhattan, as well as playing himself in a season 3 episode of the comedy-drama television series Being Erica.

In 2011 Jay Manuel released a clothing line for Sears by the name of Attitude.[4]

On April 20th, 2012, it was announced that Jay Manuel, J. Alexander and Nigel Barker would not be returning for the next cycle of America's Next Top Model.[5]


Manuel at the 81st Academy Awards in February 2009

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