Jay Manuel

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Jay Manuel
Jay Manuel 2011.jpg
Born (1972-08-14) August 14, 1972 (age 43)
Springfield, Illinois
Occupation Make-up artist
Website www.jaymanuelbeauty.com

Jay Manuel (born August 14, 1972) is a Canadian American make-up artist. He is most recognizable as the former creative director on the popular reality television show America's Next Top Model.

Personal life[edit]

Manuel was born in Springfield, Illinois to a mother of Italian and Czech descent and a South African father of Dutch and Malaysian descent.[1][2] He was raised by adoptive parents in Toronto[2][3] where he attended Dr Norman Bethune Collegiate Institute and York University. He is openly gay.

Before entering the fashion industry, Manuel was a pre-med student and also studied opera, which included working for the Metropolitan Opera.[3]


Manuel began his career as a make-up artist with clients such as Tyra Banks and Iman.[3] In September 2006,[4] he introduced his own make-up line, Manuel Override, on QVC. From 2003 to 2012, he was the creative director of photo shoots on Tyra Banks' America's Next Top Model. He was given the nickname "Mister Jay," a counterpart to J. Alexander's "Miss J."[3] In April 2012 he was fired from ANTM by Tyra Banks along with Alexander and photographer Nigel Barker due to the show's plummeting ratings after 18 cycles.[5][6][7]

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

Manuel was the host and lead judge of the second and third cycles of Canada's Next Top Model, a spin-off to ANTM.

In 2011, Manuel released a clothing line for Sears by the name of Attitude.[8]

Manuel at the 81st Academy Awards in February 2009


  1. ^ "'In a taxi with… America's Next Top Model star Jay Manuel". Daily Mail. January 24, 2009. Retrieved March 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "'America's Next Top Model' chat". USA Today. December 15, 2004. Retrieved November 28, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c d Martin, Denise. (November 18, 2008). "TV: Looking 'Fabulous' with Mr. and Miss J". Los Angeles Times/The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved November 28, 2008. 
  4. ^ "C&T.com". 
  5. ^ 04/20/2012 9:04 am Updated: 04/20/2012 9:14 am (2012-04-20). "'America's Next Top Model': Nigel Barker, Jay Manuel, J. Alexander Fired From Series". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  6. ^ "Tyra Banks fires Nigel Barker, J. Alexander and Jay Manuel in America's Next Top Model shake-up | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  7. ^ "Fired 'Top Model' Judge Nigel Barker - Good Luck Replacing Me". TMZ.com. 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  8. ^ "Jay Manuel showed some Attitude yesterday in Toronto. View the photos! «". Fashionmagazine.com. 2011-09-21. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 

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