August 14, 1972 |
Manuel was born in Springfield, Illinois to a mother of Italian and Czech descent and a South African father of Dutch and Malaysian descent. He was raised by adoptive parents in Toronto where he attended Dr Norman Bethune Collegiate Institute and York University. He is openly gay.
Manuel began his career as a make-up artist with clients such as Tyra Banks and Iman. In September 2006, 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." 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.
Manuel launched premiere cosmetics line Jay Manuel Beauty in 2014 under Impala, Inc.
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