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.
Mai in September 2009
Jeannie Camtu Mai
January 4, 1979
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
(m. 2007; div. 2018)
|Partner(s)||Young Jeezy (2019-present) |
Jeannie Camtu Mai was born and raised in San Jose, California, to a Vietnamese mother and a Chinese father. She attended Milpitas High School. When she was 9 years old, she was sexually abused by her older cousin.
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. Currently, Mai is one of the hosts of the syndicated daytime talk show, The Real, alongside Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love, Tamera Mowry-Housley, and Tamar Braxton (former co-host for seasons 1 & 2), 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.
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2016||Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host||The Real (shared with Adrienne Houghton, Tamar Braxton, Loni Love and Tamera Mowry-Housley)||Nominated|||
|2017||Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host||The Real (shared with Braxton, Houghton, Love and Mowry-Housley)||Nominated|||
|2018||NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Talk Series||The Real (shared with Houghton, Love and Mowry-Housley)||Won|||
|2018||Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host||The Real (shared with Houghton, Love and Mowry-Housley)||Won|||
|2019||NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Talk Series||The Real (shared with Houghton, Love and Mowry-Housley)||Won|||
|2019||Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host||The Real (shared with Houghton, Love and Mowry-Housley)||Nominated|||
- Mai was born in San Jose, California, in Santa Clare County, and was 37 at time of article at Veridiano, Ruby (February 1, 2016). "Jeannie Mai: Embracing My Vietnamese-American Heritage Has 'Made Me Who I Am'". NBC News. Retrieved January 12, 2018.. Only Jeannie Mai born in Santa Clara County in that timeframe is "The Birth of Jeannie Mai". CaliforniaBirthIndex.org. Retrieved January 12, 2018.
Jeannie Camtu Mai was born on January 4, 1979 in Santa Clara County, California. Her father's last name is Mai, and her mother's maiden name is Duong.
- Gorman, Bill (March 17, 2011). "The Style Network Sets Season 12 Of "How Do I Look?" To Premiere April 2" (Press release). TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 11, 2013.,
- "Recording Artists Evan and Jaron to Host USA Network's Character Road Trip and On-Air Personality and Style Maven Jeannie Mai to Host USA Network's Character Fantasy". The Futon Critic. September 29, 2009. Retrieved August 11, 2013.
- "It's Official: 'The Real' Talk Show Begins Four-Week Test Run July 15". Deadline Hollywood. June 12, 2013. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
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- Weprin, Alex (August 5, 2009). "Style Network Repurposing Segments From NBC's 'Today'". Broadcasting & Cable.
- "Ellen Gets Real with 'The Real'". YouTube.
- Drysdale, Jennifer (May 22, 2019). "Jeannie Mai Opens Up About Being Sexually Abused by a Male Family Member at Age 9". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved June 5, 2019.
- Veridiano, Ruby (February 1, 2016). "Jeannie Mai: Embracing My Vietnamese-American Heritage Has 'Made Me Who I Am'". NBC News. Universal Pictures. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
- Walker, Jodi (June 8, 2014). "Jeannie Mai Is So Much More Than a Miss USA Host". Bustle. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
- Tennant, Thomas (September 27, 2018). "Do You Know How Jeannie Mai Launched Her Career?". ThoughtCo. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
- Hilton, Perez (February 8, 2011). "Jeannie Mai's Fashion Must Have: Leather Leggings!". PerezHilton.com. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
- "Jeannie Mai to Host The Next Style Star". RMN Stars Global Entertainment. April 1, 2014. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
- Swift, Andy (August 5, 2011). "'How Do I Look' Host Jeannie Mai Joins NBC's 'Fashion Star' As Digital Fashionista!". Hollywood Life. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
- Bibel, Sara (May 22, 2013). "'Style Pop' to Premiere Live, Thursday, June 6 on Style". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 11, 2013.
- "Tamera Mowry, Tamar Braxton & Adrienne Bailon Land Talk Show". rumorfix.com. June 1, 2013. Retrieved June 1, 2013.
- Browley, Jasmine (November 1, 2017). "Jeannie Mai Keeps it Real About MS and Confidence". Made. Made Magazine. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
- Christine Thomasos (2015). "'The Real' Co-Host Jeannie Mai Shares How a Missions Trip Strengthened Her Relationship With God". Christian Post. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
- Hatmaker, Julia (June 28, 2011). "Linglestown native becomes reality TV star in 'Hollywood Hunter'". The Patriot-News. Retrieved August 11, 2013.
- Rodriguez, Karla (October 20, 2017). "The Real's Jeannie Mai Is Divorcing Husband Freddy Harteis After 10 Years of Marriage". Us Weekly. Retrieved October 22, 2017.
- Naumann, Ryan; Walters, Liz (January 4, 2019). "Jeannie Mai Settles Divorce, Keeps $1.2 Million L.A. Mansion". The Blast. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
- "The 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Award Nominations" (PDF). New York City: emmyonline.org and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. March 24, 2016. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 24, 2016. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
- "The 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Award Nominations" (PDF). New York City: emmyonline.org and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. March 22, 2017. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
- THR Staff (November 20, 2017). "NAACP Image Awards: 'Marshall,' 'Get Out,' 'Girls Trip' Dominate Film Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
- "2018 Daytime Emmys full list of winners: Every category, every nominee at the 45th Daytime Emmy Awards". Gold Derby. April 29, 2018. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
- "Nominees (Craft - Non-Drama)". The Emmys. Retrieved June 5, 2019.
- Bueno, Antoinette (March 20, 2019). "2019 Daytime Emmy Awards Nominations: The Complete List!". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved June 5, 2019.
- Official website
- Jeannie Mai on IMDb
- "Jeannie Mai: 'Empowering women. I want young women here to do whatever it is that they dream to do.'". The Other Asians. April 21, 2011. Archived from the original on April 26, 2011.