Jeannie Mai

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Jeannie Mai
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Mai in December 2019
Jeannie Camtu Mai

(1979-01-04) January 4, 1979 (age 42)
EducationMilpitas High School
  • Television presenter
  • make-up artist
  • personal stylist
Years active1998–present
TelevisionHow Do I Look?, The Real, Holey Moley
Freddy Harteis
(m. 2007; div. 2018)

(m. 2021)

Jeannie Mai Jenkins (born Jeannie Camtu Mai; January 4, 1979)[1][2] is an American television presenter, make-up artist, and stylist. She is best known for her work on the makeover show How Do I Look? and the syndicated daytime talk show The Real. As a fashion expert, she is frequently featured on television programs such as Today, Extra TV, Entertainment Tonight, and Insider. She has also appeared as a host for E! as well as the Miss Universe pageant. She is currently a sideline reporter on Holey Moley on ABC.

Early life[edit]

Jeannie Camtu Mai was born and raised in San Jose, California, to a Vietnamese mother named Olivia Tu Tram Duong and a Hoa people Chinese-Vietnamese father named James.[3][4][5] She attended Milpitas High School.[4]



At age 18, Mai launched her career as a makeup artist for MAC Cosmetics while still living in San Jose.[6] As a trainer, she worked her way from face to face until she was eventually traveling the world to work for celebrities such as Christina Aguilera and Alicia Keys.[7] This led her to also serve as a celebrity-makeup stylist for MTV's Total Request Live, KCAL Los Angeles, and Good Day Sacramento.[7][8]

In 2003, Mai began auditioning for local-television networks with self-written scripts to demonstrate her hosting talents. She was hired to co-host the Asian-American magazine-style show Stir, on the International Channel.[8] Later, the San Francisco-based California Music Channel hired her to host her own music countdown. Mai went on to become an entertainment reporter and producer of the WB's The Daily Mixx.[9]


Mai in September 2009

In 2005, Mai landed her first primetime hosting role on Character Fantasy on the USA Network, where she inspired guests each week to live their fantasies.[10] Following this, she moved to Los Angeles to appear on MTV's Granted alongside Frankie Muniz and hosted segments related to fashion and entertainment news on networks such as E!, Lifetime, TLC, and NBC on the lattermost's talk morning program Today.[11][12] She also started appearing as a member of the beauty squad on TLC's 10 Years Younger. In 2008, Mai hosted TLC's Miss America Reality Check. She also starred in the makeover special Dude, Where's Your Style, and became spokesperson of the cosmetics Never Accept Ordinary. The following year, Mai became host of the Style Network's fashion makeover show How Do I Look?.[13] She also served as a correspondent and weekend host on NBC's Extra TV with Mario Lopez. In the digital realm, Mai was the resident contributor to Perez Hilton's fashion site[14] In 2011, Mai began hosting the Miss Universe pageant and was a fashion consultant on the NBC weight-loss competition The Biggest Loser.[9][15] Furthermore, Mai also hosted the stylist competition The Next Style Star from Maker Studios, and was the digital correspondent for NBC's Fashion Star.[16][17] In 2012, she appeared as a guest judge on Asia's Next Top Model, Cycle 1.


In 2013, Mai was the host of a live weekly series titled Style Pop on the Style Network.[18] Since 2013, Mai has served as a co-host of the syndicated daytime talk show The Real, originally alongside Adrienne Bailon, Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, and Tamera Mowry, which premiered on July 15, 2013.[19][20] Following a trial summer run during 2013 on the Fox Television Stations group, it was picked up to series the following year.[21] In 2018, Mai and her co-hosts won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host for their work.[22] In 2015, Mai was host of the reality competition Steampunk'd on GSN. She also was a fashion correspondent on Entertainment Tonight.

In 2016, she brought her show How Do I Look? to Asia's Diva network. The following year, she portrayed Lady Luck on the American game show The Joker's Wild. Mai also became an ambassador for a program encouraging people living with relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS) to reimagine life with the chronic disease.[23]

On September 2, 2020, Mai was announced as one of the celebrities competing on the 29th season of Dancing with the Stars.[24][25] She was forced to exit the show on November 2, 2020, after being diagnosed with epiglottitis, an inflammatory condition that can cause swelling and block airflow to the lungs. [26]

Personal life[edit]

Mai adheres to Christianity.[27] She married Freddy Harteis on August 11, 2007;[28] the couple announced that they had filed for divorce on October 20, 2017,[29] which was finalized in December 2018.[30]

In November 2018, Mai started dating rapper Jeezy.[31] The couple became engaged on March 27, 2020, and were married a year after their engagement in an intimate ceremony at their home in Atlanta, Georgia.[32][33] On September 20, 2021, she revealed on the season premiere of The Real that she and Jenkins are expecting their first child together.[34]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2016 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host The Real (shared with Adrienne Houghton, Tamar Braxton, Loni Love and Tamera Mowry-Housley) Nominated [35]
2017 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host The Real (shared with Braxton, Houghton, Love and Mowry-Housley) Nominated [36]
2018 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Talk Series The Real (shared with Houghton, Love and Mowry-Housley) Won [37]
2018 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host The Real (shared with Houghton, Love and Mowry-Housley) Won [38]
2019 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Talk Series The Real (shared with Houghton, Love and Mowry-Housley) Won [39]
2019 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host The Real (shared with Houghton, Love and Mowry-Housley) Nominated [40]


  1. ^ Mai was born in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County, and was 37 at time of article at Veridiano, Ruby (February 1, 2016). "Jeanie Mai: Embracing My Vietnamese-American Heritage Has 'Made Me Who I Am'". NBC News. Retrieved January 12, 2018. Only Jeannie Mai born in Santa Clara County in that timeframe is "The Birth of Jeannie Mai". Retrieved January 12, 2018. Jeannie Camtu Mai was born on January 4, 1979 in Santa Clara County, California. Her father's last name is Mai, and her mother's maiden name is Duong.
  2. ^ Mai, Jeannie (April 1, 2021). "Jeannie Mai on Instagram: "You will forever be my "I Do."🤍Mrs. Jeannie Mai Jenkins"". Instagram.
  3. ^ "The Real Jeannie Mai". Should You Take Your Husband’s Last Name?. Retrieved February 28, 2021.
  4. ^ a b Barney, Chuck (February 13, 2020). "San Jose's Jeannie Mai slams jokes about coronavirus and Asians". The Mercury News. San Jose, California. Archived from the original on April 22, 2020. Retrieved July 16, 2020. Mai was born and raised in San Jose to a Vietnamese mother and a Chinese father.
  5. ^ Mai, Jeannie (March 23, 2020). "Jeannie Mai Condemns Coronavirus Racism: 'Hate Will Get You Sick, Even if the Virus Doesn't'". People. Retrieved July 16, 2020. She is of Vietnamese and Chinese descent.
  6. ^ Veridiano, Ruby (February 1, 2016). "Jeannie Mai: Embracing My Vietnamese-American Heritage Has 'Made Me Who I Am'". NBC News. Universal Pictures. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Walker, Jodi (June 8, 2014). "Jeannie Mai Is So Much More Than a Miss USA Host". Bustle. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  8. ^ a b Tennant, Thomas (September 27, 2018). "Do You Know How Jeannie Mai Launched Her Career?". ThoughtCo. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Jeannie Mai". TheReal. Warner Brothers Entertainment. January 1, 2015. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  10. ^ "Recording Artists Evan and Jaron to Host USA Network's Character Road Trip and On-Air Personality and Style Maven Jeannie Mai to Host USA Network's Character Fantasy". The Futon Critic. September 29, 2009. Retrieved August 11, 2013.
  11. ^ Weisman, Jon (August 5, 2009). "'Today' to give lifestyle tips". Variety.
  12. ^ Weprin, Alex (August 5, 2009). "Style Network Repurposing Segments From NBC's 'Today'". Broadcasting & Cable.
  13. ^ Gorman, Bill (March 17, 2011). "The Style Network Sets Season 12 Of "How Do I Look?" To Premiere April 2" (Press release). TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on November 4, 2012. Retrieved August 11, 2013.,
  14. ^ Hilton, Perez (February 8, 2011). "Jeannie Mai's Fashion Must Have: Leather Leggings!". Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  15. ^ Lewis, Hilary (July 7, 2015). "Miss USA Co-Host Jeannie Mai Drops Out". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
  16. ^ "Jeannie Mai to Host The Next Style Star". RMN Stars Global Entertainment. April 1, 2014. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  17. ^ Swift, Andy (August 5, 2011). "'How Do I Look' Host Jeannie Mai Joins NBC's 'Fashion Star' As Digital Fashionista!". Hollywood Life. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  18. ^ Bibel, Sara (May 22, 2013). "'Style Pop' to Premiere Live, Thursday, June 6 on Style". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on January 28, 2016. Retrieved August 11, 2013.
  19. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 31, 2013). "Tamera Mowry & Tamar Braxton Among Hosts Of New Syndicated Talk Show Getting Summer Trial Run On Fox Stations". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  20. ^ "It's Official: 'The Real' Talk Show Begins Four-Week Test Run July 15". Deadline Hollywood. June 12, 2013. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  21. ^ Block, Alex Ben (October 31, 2013). "'The Real' Gets National Syndication and Cable Pick Up". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 14, 2020.
  22. ^ Kiefer, Halle (April 30, 2018). "Here Are Your 2018 Daytime Emmy Award Winners". Vulture. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
  23. ^ Browley, Jasmine (November 1, 2017). "Jeannie Mai Keeps it Real About MS and Confidence". Made. Made Magazine. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  24. ^ Peter White (September 2, 2020). "Dancing With The Stars: ABC Unveils Season 29 Cast Including Tiger King's Carole Baskin & Rapper Nelly". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 7, 2020.
  25. ^ "Dancing with the Stars Heads Back Into the Ballroom for Its 2020 Season with Some Cha-Cha-Changes and a Brand-New Celebrity Cast" (Press release). ABC. September 2, 2020. Retrieved October 7, 2020 – via The Futon Critic.
  26. ^ Atad, Corey (November 2, 2020). "Jeannie Mai Forced Off 'Dancing With The Stars' After Being Hospitalized For Rare Condition". ET Canada. Retrieved November 2, 2020.
  27. ^ Christine Thomasos (2015). "'The Real' Co-Host Jeannie Mai Shares How a Missions Trip Strengthened Her Relationship With God". Christian Post. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
  28. ^ Hatmaker, Julia (June 28, 2011). "Linglestown native becomes reality TV star in 'Hollywood Hunter'". The Patriot-News. Retrieved August 11, 2013.
  29. ^ Rodriguez, Karla (October 20, 2017). "The Real's Jeannie Mai Is Divorcing Husband Freddy Harteis After 10 Years of Marriage". Us Weekly. Retrieved October 22, 2017.
  30. ^ Naumann, Ryan; Walters, Liz (January 4, 2019). "Jeannie Mai Settles Divorce, Keeps $1.2 Million L.A. Mansion". The Blast. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  31. ^ "The Real's Jeannie Mai Opens up About Dating Rapper Jeezy: "I Found My Equal"". September 16, 2019.
  32. ^ "Jeannie Mai and Jeezy Are Engaged! Inside Their 'Quarantine Date Night' Proposal". April 4, 2020.
  33. ^ Macon, Alexandra (April 2021). "Inside Jeezy and Jeannie Mai's Intimate Wedding Ceremony at Their Home in Atlanta". Vogue. Retrieved April 1, 2021.
  34. ^ Siclait, Aryelle (September 2021). "Inside 'The Real's' Jeannie Mai Jenkins Is Pregnant With Her First Child". Women's Health. Retrieved September 20, 2021.
  35. ^ "The 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Award Nominations" (PDF). New York City: and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. March 24, 2016. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 24, 2016. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  36. ^ "The 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Award Nominations" (PDF). New York City: and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. March 22, 2017. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  37. ^ "NAACP Image Awards: 'Marshall,' 'Get Out,' 'Girls Trip' Dominate Film Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. November 20, 2017. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  38. ^ "2018 Daytime Emmys full list of winners: Every category, every nominee at the 45th Daytime Emmy Awards". Gold Derby. April 29, 2018. Archived from the original on April 30, 2018. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  39. ^ "Nominees (Craft - Non-Drama)". The Emmys. Retrieved June 5, 2019.
  40. ^ Bueno, Antoinette (March 20, 2019). "2019 Daytime Emmy Awards Nominations: The Complete List!". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved June 5, 2019.

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