Jay Manuel

Jay Manuel


8/14/1972, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Birth Name

Jay Manuel


  • Jay Manuel on America's Next Top Model.
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Jay Manuel was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Jay, a photoshoot stylist, make up artist and guest judge, made his debut on the first cycle of America's Next Top Model as the thoughtful make-up artist and photo director who offered his sharp tongue, colorful commentary and industry expertise…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • 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.

  • Quotes

    • 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.