Jay Manuel Explains Why His Friendship With Tyra Banks Soured

by Jeremy Spirogis
Tyra Banks and Jay Manuel

America’s Next Top Model is simply as well-known for its contestants as it’s for the present’s creators and judges. Fans keep in mind Jay Manuel because the fashions’ coach at every photoshoot. Manuel’s off-screen function was as a well-known make-up artist and shut friend of Tyra Banks. Fans speculated that his exit from the fact present is the rationale for his relationship with Banks altering for the more severe. In a brand new interview, Manuel explains what led to the breakdown of his friendship with Banks.

Tyra Banks and Jay Manuel
Tyra Banks and Jay Manuel | Gregg DeGuire/WireImage

Jay Manuel and his work on ‘ANTM’

Manuel and Banks met whereas Manuel was working as a make-up artist. At the time, Banks was nonetheless modeling. During an vital shoot, Banks’ common make-up artist was MIA after lacking his flight. Manuel was working because the artist’s backup and did the job instead. Manuel tells E! News Just The Sip’s Justin Sylvester that he wasn’t paid for the gig.

“She was presenting at the GQ Man of the Year Awards and I went to the hotel room, by the way [I] did her makeup for free as a test, she’s like ‘Well I’m gonna test him out,’ so I did her makeup,” he remembers.

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From there, Banks and Manuel continued working collectively for main occasions and the 2 grew to become private mates. Manuel admits that Banks got here to him with the thought to do ANTM and he was round throughout her pitching course of earlier than discovering the present a community dwelling.

Manuel is a large contributor to the success of ANTM. During his tenure because the present’s artistic director, he conceptualized all photograph shoots all through the competitors. He additionally labored as Banks’ eyes and ears on the shoots as Banks was sometimes not current. Manuel’s notes to Banks in regards to the fashions’ performances and habits have been integral within the elimination rounds. 

Jay Manuel explains fallout with Tyra Banks

Manuel says engaged on ANTM for the primary three seasons was “bubblegum and roses” however the tradition behind the scenes of the present started to alter because the present grew to become extra in style. At first, Manuel had full artistic management over the photoshoots however says the present’s executives started imposing their enter, which generally made him uncomfortable.

Manuel significantly remembers a shoot throughout cycle Four by which executives pressured him to direct a shoot that had the contestant’s swap races. As an individual who identifies as biracial, Manuel wasn’t comfy.

He says he spoke with producers about his reservations however the phrases of his contract didn’t enable for him to say no. Producers edited the shoot and eradicated Manuel’s involvement as a compromise.

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Still, he grew to become more and more sad on the present. He hints to experiencing a poisonous work tradition, saying employees was frightened of voicing their considerations. After his contract was up on the finish of cycle 4, he spoke with Banks about desirous to exit.

“[I said to her] very genuinely ‘I feel like I’ve given all I can to the show and I’m gonna work on other things’ – Tyra’s a businesswoman and I thought ‘For sure she’d understand.’ I thought I was being very lovely and respectful…she just had to words for me: I’m disappointed. And that was it, that was the end of the discussion,” he says.

Jay Manuel says his friendship with Tyra Banks “never recovered”

Manuel did return to the present however not as artistic director. He started working as a choose as an alternative as a compromise when executives couldn’t discover a substitute. But Manuel says his relationship with Banks “never recovered.” 

In truth, he says after they noticed one another for the primary time after their telephone dialog, Banks didn’t communicate to him. Manuel says the one interplay he had with Banks was on digital camera.

Behind the scenes, he says the surroundings grew extra poisonous, calling Banks’ angle towards him “emotionally manipulative” and agrees that it was an abuse of energy.

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Though Banks later apologized to Manuel, he says their shut private relationship was over. He left the present for good after cycle 18. 

Manuel provides perception into his expertise on the present and within the leisure trade in his new fictional novel The Wig, the Bitch and the Meltdown. The novel is at the moment accessible for buy. 

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