Jay Manuel was really born in Springfield Illinois but moved to Toronto when he was 2 years old. Most people get it confused and say he was born in Canada. But he is proud to be a Canadian citizen.
Jay is a huge fan of the stylist Jean Paul Gaultier, all of the kilts that he weras are from his line. Jean did a whole exhibition called 'Men in skirts', and Jay went to the show clad in a skirt.
Jay's idol growing up was Jeanne Beker, the host of Fashion Television. They have become close friends over the years,and has inspired him to be a part of the whole fashion industry.
Jay is the spokesman and style director of the on-line dating service Match.Com. He is in charge of helping the people put their best selves forward in their profiles.
Jay's main goal for 2007 is to make more time for himself. He feels the need to shutdown and go home to his dream-house, a place he built in the Catskills years ago. It is there that he can unwind and create more balance for the rest of the year.
Jay has a passion for interior design, and has a huge flat in Manhattan that he designed himself in vintage decor. He would love an opportunity to land a television show where his job is to remodel homes.
Jay's advice and talent are sought by photographers, celebrities, and advertising executives worldwide.
Jay built his career on calculated risk-taking, excellent taste, and an exquisite eye for what the public wants to see.
Jay has unique vision as a creative director, as well as being a skilled producer.
Jay served as the host of 'Style Rocks the Red Carpet' for 'New York Fashion Week'.
Jay appeared on the Red Carpet as part of the E! Network's team covering the Emmy Awards.
Jay describes what he does as 'The business of managing the esthetic'.
Jay has worked with top photographers: Annie Lebowitz, Richard Avedon, Herb Ritts, and Niles Barker.
Jay has done makeup for: Tyra Banks, Jennifer Lopez, Rebecca Romijn, Mya, Kim Catrall, Naomi Campbell, Iman, and David Bowie.
Jay had planned on becoming a doctor, and was enrolled at New York University in Pre-Med classes when he started working as a makeup artist in the fashion industry. He changed his mind as soon as he started to create, and quit NYU.
In 2007, Jay hosted the second season of Canada's Next Top Model.
Jay wanted to be an opera singer but he was told that it would take his voice 10 years to improve so he decided to pursue his other love--fashion.
Jay is 6'0" (1.83 m).
Has his own line of cosmetics called Manual Override and they are shown and sold on QVC.
Jay's mother is Czech / Italian and his father is from South Africa.
Jay Manuel is openly gay.
Jay was a make-up artist on the show, America's Next Top Model. He also works behind the scenes as a producer and art director.
Jay: I am a big fan of fashion...To dress the same way each day is boring. You can be in shorts and a T-shirt one day, and then why not wear a kilt the next? It changes my mood, and I have fun with it.
Jay: Everyone says that stars look amazing, but they're not when you see them first thing in the morning. I think that everyone can look like a celebrity, and I've worked in this business for 14 years...You can create anything.
Jay: You know, Geena Davis is such a beautiful woman--I love her and her spirit. But she's always in these sort of prom dresses or bridesmaid dresses. I think she can be breathtaking. I'd love to get her in a mermaid silhouette. Unfortunately, though, whenever we do the E! Fashion Police wrap-up, I name her my worst-dressed, and then without fail, we're on the same flight from L.A. to New York. Every time. But you know, I'd like to put it out there: I want to dress her.
Jay: Trust is a hard thing for the new model wannabes to maintain. I try to establish it right off the bat, from the first introduction, but the younger gals always retreat. It's a shame that we have to spend so much time doing the 'trust dance'.
Jay: The faces I photograph come in as a blank canvas, I make them into what I think they are meant to be.