Jay Manuel is a popular make-up artist, TV host, and creative director well recognized as the former Creative Director of the reality TV show American's Next Top Model.
Early Life and Education
Jay Manuel was born on 14 August 1972. He was born to a South African father and Italian mother in Springfield, Illinois. Hence he is of mixed descent. He grew up with his adoptive parents in Toronto.
Manuel went to Dr. Norman Bethune Collegiate Institute. He graduated from York University.
Jay is one of the top most make-up artists. He worked in the business of managing to aesthetic for seven years. He has worked as a makeup-artist and stylist for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Victoria’s Secret, Revlon, and CoverGirl.
Throughout his career, he worked with popular fashion photographers such as Herb Ritts, Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz and Francesco Scavullo. As one of the demanded make-up artist and stylist he has served for famous celebrities like Tyra Banks, Naomi Campbell, Iman, Alicia Alicia Silverstone, Rebecca Romijn, Rupert Everett, Bridget Moynahan, Angela Bassett, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mya, Kim Cattrall, Natalie Cole, David Bowie, Vanessa Williams, Jennifer Lopez and many others.
In 2003, Manuel became the creative director of America’s Next Top Model. He was the host and lead judge of Canada’s Next Top Model second and third cycle. He played a cameo role in Degrassi Takes Manhattan followed by a role in comedy –drama television series Being Erica.
Furthermore, Jay released a clothing line for Sears Canada entitled Attitude. He launched Jay Manuel Beauty, premiere cosmetics line in 2014. The following year he launched a prestige line of cosmetics based on a new Filter Finish collection technology.
Besides that, he is also an active philanthropist. He is actively involved in Operation Smile as a Smile Ambassador and Dress for Success. He hosted the GLAAd Media Awards as well as Fashion Cares in Toronto benefiting AIDS research. He also hosted American Image Awards for the benefit of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
The 44-year-old Manuel is currently a single man. He never hesitated to reveal his sexual orientation as gay. He was once in a romantic relationship with the America’s Next Top Model judge J. Alexander in 2007. However, the duo neither officialized their affair nor updated their relationship status.
Jay is the well-paid make-up artist whose skill and talent is still praised in the industry. He has accumulated an estimated net worth of $3 million. He owns his own line of, makeup products namely Manuel Override.