Jay Manuel was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to an Italian mother and South African father, and is a make-up artist and fashion photographer, most recognisable as the creative director of photo shoots on the popular reality television show America's Next Top Model and the host and chief judge of the second and third cycles of Canada's Next Top Model.
He and friend J. Alexander, also an ANTM personality, often appear on E! Network's Fashion Wrap with Debbie Matenopoulos. Manuel hosts his own show Style Her Famous on the Style Network and recently introduced his own make-up line, Manuel Override on QVC.
Manuel was a pre-med student at New York University (NYU) when he began working as a make-up artist in the fashion industry.
More than just a make-up artist, Manuel's unique vision extends much further, having designed ad campaigns and provided stunning conceptual direction for various fashion editorials. His collaborations with legendary photographers Herb Ritts, Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz and Francesco Scavullo have enhanced the pages of Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire and the Victoria's Secret catalogue.
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