|Intro||American television personality, stylist, and talk show host|
|Is||Television presenter Makeup artist Actor Model|
|From||United States of America|
|Type||Fashion Film, TV, Stage & Radio|
|Birth||4 January 1979, San Jose, USA|
|Residence||Los Angeles, USA|
Jeannie Camtu Mai (born January 4, 1979) is an American television personality, stylist, and talk show host. She is best known for How Do I Look?, USA's Character Fantasy, and the syndicated talk show, The Real. As a fashion expert, she is frequently featured on numerous television programs and networks such as NBC's Today Show on the "Fashion Tips Today" segment, Extra TV, Entertainment Tonight, Insider and E! Entertainment as well as the Miss Universe pageant.
Jeannie Camtu Mai was born and raised in San Jose, California, to a Vietnamese mother and a Chinese father. She attended Milpitas High School.
At age 18, Mai launched her career as a makeup artist for MAC Cosmetics while still living in San Jose, California. As a trainer, she worked her way from face to face until she was eventually traveling the world to work for celebrities such as Christina Aguilera and Alicia Keys. Leading her to also serve as a celebrity makeup stylist for MTV's Total Request Live, KCAL Los Angeles, and Good Day Sacramento.
In 2003, Mai began auditioning for local television networks with self-written scripts to demonstrate her hosting talents. She was hired to co-host the Asian American magazine-style show Stir, on the International Channel. Later, the San Francisco-based California Music Channel hired her to host her own music countdown. Mai went on to become an entertainment reporter and producer of the WB's The Daily Mixx.
In 2005, Mai landed her first primetime hosting role on Character Fantasy on the USA Network, where she inspired guests each week to live their fantasies. Following this, she moved to Los Angeles to appear on MTV's Granted alongside Frankie Muniz and hosted segments related to fashion and entertainment news on networks such as E!, Lifetime, TLC, and NBC. She also started appearing as a member of the beauty squad on TLC's 10 Years Younger. In 2008, Mai hosted TLC's Miss America Reality Check. She also starred in the makeover special Dude, Where's Your Style, and became spokesperson of the cosmetics Never Accept Ordinary. The following year, Mai became host of the Style Network's fashion makeover show How Do I Look?. She also served as a correspondent and weekend host on NBC's Extra TV with Mario Lopez. In the digital realm, Mai was the resident contributor to Perez Hilton's fashion site Cocoperez.com. In 2011, Mai began hosting the Miss Universe pageant and was a fashion consultant on the NBC weight-loss competition The Biggest Loser. Furthermore, Mai also hosted the stylist competition The Next Style Star from Maker Studios, and was the digital correspondent for NBC's Fashion Star. In 2012, she appeared as a guest judge on Asia's Next Top Model, Cycle 1.
In 2013, Mai was the host of a live weekly series titled Style Pop on the Style Network. Mai was on the initial panel of co-hosts of the syndicated daytime talk show, The Real, alongside Adrienne Bailon, Loni Love, Tamera Mowry, and Tamar Braxton, which premiered on July 15, 2013. It had a trial summer run during 2013 on the Fox Television Stations group under consideration for a full launch in fall 2014. The show was approved to return September 15, 2014. She and her co-hosts have won two NAACP Image Awards and a Daytime Emmy Award for their work. In 2015, Mai was host of the reality competition Steampunk'd on GSN. She also was a fashion correspondent on Entertainment Tonight'.
In 2016, she brought her show How Do I Look? to Asia's Diva network. The following year, she portrayed Lady Luck on the American game show The Joker's Wild. Mai also became an ambassador for ReimagineMyself.com a program encouraging people living with relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS) to reimagine life with the chronic disease.
Mai converted to Christianity from Buddhism. She married Freddy Harteis in August 2007; the couple announced that they had filed for divorce in October 2017, which was finalized in December 2018. In September 2019, Mai revealed that she has been dating rapper Jeezy. On April 6, 2020 Mai announced her engagement to Jeezy.
Awards and nominations
|2016||Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host||The Real||Nominated|
|2017||Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host||The Real||Nominated|
|2018||NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Talk Series||The Real||Won|
|2018||Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host||The Real||Won|
|2019||NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Talk Series||The Real||Won|
|2019||Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host||The Real||Nominated|