Jay Manuel

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Jay Manuel
Jay Manuel at Custo Barcelona - Front Row - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014.jpg
Jay Manuel at Custo Barcelona - Front Row - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014
Born (1972-08-14) August 14, 1972 (age 45)
Springfield, Illinois
Occupation Make-up artist
Website www.jaymanuelbeauty.com

Jay Manuel (born August 14, 1972) is a Canadian born American, TV host, Creative Director and Make-up Artist. He is most recognizable as the former Creative Director on the popular reality television show America's Next Top Model. Manuel also was featured as the host of Canada's Next Top Model.[1]


He has worked in "the business of managing to aesthetic"[2] for seven years. Manuel is known for his varied artistic palate and innate sense of aesthetics. He has worked as a makeup artist and stylist for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, Victoria's Secret, Revlon, and CoverGirl. Manuel has also worked with noted fashion photographers such as Herb Ritts, Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz, and Francesco Scavullo. He has been a makeup artist and stylist to celebrities such as Tyra Banks, Naomi Campbell, Iman, Alicia Silverstone, Rebecca Romijn, Rupert Everett, Bridget Moynahan, Angela Bassett, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mýa, Kim Cattrall, Natalie Cole, Toni Braxton, Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon, Vanessa Williams, Patti LaBelle, Rosario Dawson, Pink, David Bowie, and Jennifer Lopez.[3]

Manuel joined America's Next Top Model in its first cycle in 2003 as the Creative Director. For nine years, Manuel featured on every cycle of the show, becoming one of the biggest shows in the United States during this period.[4]After 18 seasons with the show, Nigel Barker and J. Alexander didn't return for the 19th cycle as their contracts were not renewed.[5] Following the announcement, Manuel decided to leave the show.[6] The controversial move by Tyra Banks led to a media frenzy around Manuel and the show.[7] The radical personnel change didn't work and the show was cancelled three years later.[8]

Manuel was the host and lead judge of the second and third cycles of Canada's Next Top Model, a spin-off to ANTM. 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.[9]

In 2011, Manuel released a clothing line for Sears Canada by the name of Attitude.[10] In 2014, Manuel launched Jay Manuel Beauty, a prestige line of cosmetics based on a new Filter Finish Collection technology.[11]

Beauty & clothing collections[edit]

In 2011, Manuel released a women’s clothing line for Sears Canada,[12] called Attitude Jay Manuel.[13][14]

Manuel's beauty range was launched with the support of supermodel-turned-entrepreneur, Iman, in 2015[15] and distributed by her company Impala Inc. According to an interview in Essence magazine, Manuel and Iman met during the 1990s when he was recommended to do Iman’s makeup for a cover shoot.[16]

Jay Manuel Beauty launched in 2014 and the collection consists of a range of products aimed to create a high definition finish, aimed at the younger generation. In numerous interviews Manuel has stated that he wanted to introduce products that gave an Instagram filter finish, without the need for a filter. In March 2015 Jay Manuel beauty was launched on HSN.[17] In July 2016, it was announced that the beauty range would debut on the UK's QVC shopping channel in September of that year.[18]


Manuel serves as a Smile Ambassador for Operation Smile and is actively involved with Dress for Success.[19][20]

He has hosted the GLAAD Media Awards and also hosted Fashion Cares in Toronto, which benefits AIDS research.[21] Manuel also hosted the American Image Awards, benefitting the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.[22]


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.[23][24] He was raised by adoptive parents in Toronto[24][25] where he attended Dr Norman Bethune Collegiate Institute and New York University. Before entering the fashion industry, Manuel was a pre-med student and also studied opera.[25]


  1. ^ "Jay Manuel to host 'Canada's Next Top Model'". CTV News. 2007-05-10. Retrieved 2017-08-07. 
  2. ^ "Jay Manuel: In control with manual override". Beauty News New York City. 2006-11-01. Retrieved 2017-08-07. 
  3. ^ "Jay Manuel". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-08-07. 
  4. ^ Douglas, Ana (August 2, 2012). "WHERE ARE THEY NOW: The Most Memorable Winners & Losers From 'America's Next Top Model'". Business Insider. 
  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". Huffington Post. 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". Daily Mail. 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  7. ^ "Fired 'Top Model' Judge Nigel Barker - Good Luck Replacing Me". TMZ. 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  8. ^ Friedlander, Whitney (October 14, 2015). "‘America’s Next Top Model’ to End After This Season". Variety. 
  9. ^ "Being Erica recap, episode 10: wherein Erica neglects to wash her hands after peeing (and Jenny returns!)". Toronto Life. 2011-12-06. Retrieved 2017-08-07. 
  10. ^ "Jay Manuel showed some Attitude yesterday in Toronto. View the photos! «". Fashionmagazine.com. 2011-09-21. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  11. ^ "C&T.com". 
  12. ^ Harvie, Kate (November 2006). "Jay Manuel: In Control with Manual Override". Beauty News NYC. 
  13. ^ "Gallery: 67 looks from Jay Manuel’s Attitude by Sears spring/summer 2012 runway". Toronto Life. October 19, 2011. 
  14. ^ Anderson, Tyler (March 31, 2011). "Jay Manuel's Attitude for Sears Collection". Montreal Gazette. 
  15. ^ Boyd, Sarah (November 11, 2015). "Jay Manuel Makes Beauty A Breeze With His Namesake Cosmetic Line". Forbes. 
  16. ^ "When Iman decided that she wanted to take on another beauty line she looked to none other than beauty and style expert, Jay Manuel.". Essence Magazine. 2013-06-23. Retrieved 2017-08-07. 
  17. ^ Parks, Chanel (February 18, 2015). "Jay Manuel’s New Makeup Line Will Make You Instagram Perfect, Without The Filter". Huffington Post. 
  18. ^ "Jay Manuel Beauty to launch on QVC UK". Cosmetic Business. July 21, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Johnson & Johnson Commits $25 Million to Operation Smile". Operation Smile. May 18, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Jay Manuel Talks Style, ‘ANTM,’ Makeup Line, New Movie And More At Dress For Success Gala: Exclusive Interview". Fashion & Style magazine. April 17, 2015. 
  21. ^ Balser, Erin (April 27, 2008). "Jay Manuel at GLAAD Media Awards". Alloy.com. 
  22. ^ "Jay Manuel". Huffington Post. 
  23. ^ "'In a taxi with… America's Next Top Model star Jay Manuel". Daily Mail. January 24, 2009. Retrieved March 30, 2013. 
  24. ^ a b "'America's Next Top Model' chat". USA Today. December 15, 2004. Retrieved November 28, 2008. 
  25. ^ a b Martin, Denise. (November 18, 2008). "TV: Looking 'Fabulous' with Mr. and Miss J". Los Angeles Times/The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved November 28, 2008. 

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