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Jay Manuel (born August 14, 1972) is an American make-up artist, fashion photographer, and model. He is most recognizable as the director of photo shoots on the popular reality television show America's Next Top Model. Manuel is also the host and lead judge of the second and third cycle of Canada's Next Top Model, a spin-off to the original.
Manuel was born in Springfield, Illinois to a mother of Italian and Czech descent and a South African father of Malaysian and Dutch descent. He was raised in Toronto where he attended Dr. Norman Bethune Collegiate Institute high school and York University.
Before entering the fashion industry, Manuel was a pre-med student and also studied opera, even working for the Metropolitan Opera at one point. Eventually, he became a makeup artist, working for clients such as Tyra Banks and Iman.