Jeannie Mai is a co-host of "The Real," the one-hour, daily talk show on FOX television stations and in national syndication (check local listings), with a rebroadcast in primetime on cable network BET.
Prior to her hosting role on "The Real," Mai was best known as the host of Style Network’s two-time Emmy-nominated television series "How Do I Look?" More than just a typical makeover show, Mai empowered women to discover their true beauty, overcome their insecurities, and to realize their potential while transforming their fashion don’ts into fashion dos. Mai also hosts GSN’s "Steampunk’d," and is a recurring fashion correspondent on "The Today Show" and "The Insider."
In 2013, Mai hosted Style Network’s live late-night talk show "Style Pop" opposite Louise Roe. The two women kept viewers up to date on the latest lifestyle trends in fashion, beauty and pop culture. Prior to that, she was the on-camera fashion expert tasked with contestant makeovers on the NBC hit franchise "Biggest Loser," which led to Mai hosting NBC’s 2011, 2012 and 2013 Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. Her involvement with Dick Clark Productions also included hosting the NBC live 2012 Golden Globes pre-show.
Before "How Do I Look?," Mai hosted several other specials for Style Network, including "Go Fix Yourself," "Dude, Where’s Your Style?" and "Lucky Shops" in conjunction with Lucky magazine, and "Tips Today" in conjunction with "The Today Show" opposite Natalie Morales. Prior to her work with Style Network and NBC, Mai was part of the on-air beauty squad on the hit TLC series "10 Years Younger" and was also one of the judges on the TLC reality series "Miss America: Reality Check."
She has made numerous appearances on other shows, including E! News, "Wendy Williams," "The Doctors," "Ricki Lake" and "Bethenny." In the digital realm, Mai has been a regular contributor to Perez Hilton’s fashion site CocoPerez.com and hosted a 12-episode series with Yahoo! in association with YouTube sensation Michelle Phan called "Fashion Trotters." She has appeared internationally on such television programs as "Asia’s Next Top Model."
Outside of her television career, Mai has had numerous endorsement deals with companies including Avon, David’s Bridal, The Limited, Microsoft, Ford, Macy’s, Colgate and Yoplait.
Before becoming a television personality, Mai was a celebrity makeup artist and stylist from San Jose, California. Throughout her career she has worked with many celebrities, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Aniston, Christina Aguilera and Kelly Osbourne. She premiered on the Emmy-nominated Asian American television magazine show "Stir." After gaining attention for her spunky personality and knack for style, she became an entertainment reporter and producer of the WB’s "Daily Mixx" before moving to Los Angeles to host MTV’s "Granted" alongside Frankie Muniz. Her big break came when she was tapped to host "Character Fantasy" on USA Network and eventually became a regular correspondent for "Extra."
Mai has made it her mission to inspire, educate and empower women, receiving rave reviews as a speaker on the main stage at Maria Shriver’s The Women’s Conference alongside Jane Fonda, Jessica Simpson and Donna Karan. This passion for empowerment has given her the title of “Wearapist.” The title comes from her psychology of style called “Wearapy,” which is her idea that style and wardrobe can have an empowering and healing effect on a woman’s confidence and mood. Rather than focusing on trends or labels, Mai teaches how color and textures in personal wardrobe choices can dramatically enhance a woman’s self-confidence and mood, while transforming her surrounding environment.
Deeply committed to a wide variety of charitable causes, from Seven Bar to Dress for Success (for which she serves as a celebrity board member), Mai also uses her recognition as a Wearapist and fashionista to promote upcoming female designers and entrepreneurs.
Of Vietnamese and Chinese descent, Mai strives to give back to her homeland by frequently traveling to Asia to volunteer her time with inspiring organizations dedicated to helping those less fortunate. While abroad, Mai works with Heartbeat Vietnam, a nonprofit devoted to improving health care for impoverished children and NightLight International, an organization committed to rescuing women and children from sex trafficking and prostitution rings by providing employment and vocational opportunities.
In addition to her flare for fashion, Mai is a hardcore foodie who is on a constant search to find the world’s most delicious meals. Through her website TheJeannieMai.com, Mai documents her culinary adventures and opinions through colorful video blogs for her fans.