Jeannie Mai

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Jeannie Mai
Jeannie Mai 2009.jpg
Mai in September 2009
Jeannie Camtu Mai

(1979-01-04) January 4, 1979 (age 40)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Television personality
  • stylist
  • talk show host
Spouse(s)Freddy Harteis (m. 2007-2019)

Jeannie Camtu Mai (born January 4, 1979)[1] is an American television personality, stylist, and talk show host. She is best known for How Do I Look?,[2] USA's Character Fantasy,[3] and the talk show, The Real.[4] As a fashion expert, she is frequently featured on numerous television programs and networks such as NBC's Today Show on the "Fashion Tips Today" segment,[5][6] Extra TV, Entertainment Tonight, Insider and E! Entertainment as well as the Miss Universe pageant.

Early life[edit]

Jeannie Camtu Mai was born and raised in San Jose, California, to a Vietnamese family.[1] She attended Milpitas High School.[7]



At age 18, Mai launched her career as a makeup artist for MAC Cosmetics while still living in San Jose, California. 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, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kelly Osborne and Rosario Dawson. She also served as a celebrity makeup stylist for MTV's Total Request Live, KCAL Los Angeles, and Good Day Sacramento.

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. 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.


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. 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. 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?. She also served as a correspondent and weekend host on NBC's Extra TV with Mario Lopez. In 2011, Mai began hosting the Miss Universe pageant and was a fashion consultant on the NBC weight-loss competition The Biggest Loser. 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.[8] In 2013, Mai became co-host of the Fox talk show The Real, alongside of Tamera Mowry, Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon, and Tamar Braxton. 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.

Other activities[edit]

Mai has been a brand ambassador for numerous companies including: Macy’s, Colgate, Yoplait, The Limited, Microsoft, Biogen, David’s Bridal, Ford, Avon, Splenda and Woolite.

In the digital realm, Mai was the resident contributor to Perez Hilton's fashion site She also hosted the stylist competition The Next Style Star from Maker Studios, and was the digital correspondent for NBC's Fashion Star, also is a co show host on the Real.

Personal life[edit]

Mai converted to Christianity from Buddhism.[9] Mai married Freddy Harteis in August 2007;[10] the couple announced that they had filed for divorce in October 2017.[11] The couple finalized their divorce in December 2018.[12]

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 Bailon, Tamar Braxton, Loni Love and Tamera Mowry-Housley) Nominated [13]
2017 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host The Real (shared with Bailon, Braxton, Love and Mowry-Housley) Nominated [14]
2018 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Talk Series The Real (shared with Bailon, Love and Mowry-Housley) Won [15]
2018 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host The Real (shared with Bailon, Love and Mowry-Housley) Won [16]


  1. ^ a b Mai was born in San Jose, California, in Santa Clare County, and was 37 at time of article at Veridiano, Ruby (February 1, 2016). "Jeannie 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. ^ 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. Retrieved August 11, 2013.,
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "It's Official: 'The Real' Talk Show Begins Four-Week Test Run July 15". Deadline Hollywood. June 12, 2013. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  5. ^ Weisman, Jon (August 5, 2009). "'Today' to give lifestyle tips". Variety.
  6. ^ Weprin, Alex (August 5, 2009). "Style Network Repurposing Segments From NBC's 'Today'". Broadcasting & Cable.
  7. ^ "Ellen Gets Real with 'The Real'". YouTube.
  8. ^ Bibel, Sara (May 22, 2013). "'Style Pop' to Premiere Live, Thursday, June 6 on Style". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 11, 2013.
  9. ^ Christine Thomasos (2015). "'The Real' Co-Host Jeannie Mai Shares How a Missions Trip Strengthened Her Relationship With God". Christian Post. Retrieved 2015-05-11.
  10. ^ Hatmaker, Julia (June 28, 2011). "Linglestown native becomes reality TV star in 'Hollywood Hunter'". The Patriot-News. Retrieved August 11, 2013.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ Naumann, Ryan; Walters, Liz (January 4, 2019). "Jeannie Mai Settles Divorce, Keeps $1.2 Million L.A. Mansion". The Blast. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  13. ^ "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.
  14. ^ "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.
  15. ^ THR Staff (20 November 2017). "NAACP Image Awards: 'Marshall,' 'Get Out,' 'Girls Trip' Dominate Film Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  16. ^ "2018 Daytime Emmys full list of winners: Every category, every nominee at the 45th Daytime Emmy Awards". Gold Derby. April 29, 2018. Retrieved April 30, 2018.

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