Chatting it up in Tastetable Magazine
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JEANNIE MAI REDEFINES TASTE
T: Jeannie, when someone asks what you do for a living, what do you say?
JM: I say I’m a television personality, slash ambassador for Girl Power.
You’ve been quite busy over the last year. What are some of things on which you’ve been working?
T: You’ve been quite busy over the last year. What are some of things on which you’ve been working?
JM: Between shooting the 12th season of How Do I Look and adding a special episode in Australia, I’ve joined the ranks of Yoplait and Avon to encourage women to express their individuality and stay healthy at the same time. I shot what I think will be the best fashion reality show ever called Fashion Star for NBC starring Elle Macpherson, Nicole Richie, Jessica Simpson, and John Varvatos, right before flying out to Sao Paolo, Brazil to co-host Miss Universe. Between appearing on segments for the Today Show, The Doctor’s, and Nate Berkus, I wrapped the life changing series of Biggest Loser as the stylist for makeover week, meanwhile taking makeovers to a whole new level with Ellen Rakieten of Oprah, Ken Paves and Cat Deeley with her new pilot, then slid in a holiday special for Style Network starring myself and my adorable hubby, airing this Dec 11 if you’re able to catch it!
T: How was Brazil?
JM: Brazil was amazeballs! How can one country be that over populated by gorgeous women??? But the best thing about Brazil was the people. Everywhere I went I was completely swept off my feet from the hospitality and warmth of loving, proud Brazilians. It was truly an unforgettable experience.
T: How did you start hosting your show?
JM: I’ve been a familiar face on Style Network for many shows and appearances before HDIL. It was just perfect timing that the show decided to evolve and I was brought into place.
T: Like a lot of new show hosts, you probably did not expect it to last as long as it has. What do you think has fueled its longevity?
JM: Although “How Do I Look” has lasted a great time, it still uncovers something we need to learn more about: self worth. Many guests on my show just don’t understand how worthy they are to dress the way they deserve. Therefore they find themselves struggling in relationships and losing more self confidence by the second. HDIL not only reinforces these women on how to see themselves differently, but I take them through a tough, yet very real experience to get them to see what they can do to change their lives immediately.
T: Where do you see lifestyle television going, especially when you see the changes in television versus online broadcasts, as well as scores of new programs across networks?
JM: To be honest, makeover shows are not going to go anywhere because every single person could use a makeover. Secondly, We are obsessed with makeovers, we are constantly wanting to see what can become bigger, better and more beautiful. The only thing I do see possibly changing is that viewers are watching more thing online than onscreen, so we will probably see more programming streaming their shows online.
T: Do you have any designers that you believe we should keep our eye on?
JM: I have been lovin’ the fierce jewelry from Ben Amun, like these incredible Metal Spike Earrings on opensky.com. I also really am feeling Willow & Clay. They make super cute yet chic clothes that you can wear day or night! Luckily, You don’t have to search for the designers I love, because I bring them straight to you! If you go to opensky.com/jeanniemai you can get these fab items all in one place at a discount because you are friends with me!
T: We’ve noticed you like to make a statement with shoes. Is there a style philosophy behind that?
JM: I believe that shoes shouldn’t make you want to walk; they should make you want to strut! Therefore all of the shoes I wear describe my personality, the direction I’m heading and can hold the entire outfit on their own.
T: Any favorite foods (or drinks)?
JM: Mai fave foods are anything that have unique combos or twists, for examples a peanut butter sandwich with bacon or lemongrass inside of ice cream, I love how artistic chefs can get by fueling foods together in interesting ways we never tired. I also have a little gritty part of me that’s obsessed with tripe, tendons or pig ears. I think it’s the Asian in me. I say I’m like Andrew Zimmer. Except that it has to be cooked and that I’m a tad better dressed.
T: Is style a way of branding oneself?
JM: Style is absolutely a way of branding yourself, its been proven that people take 3 seconds or less to judge you based on your appearance. With that being said the colors, style and manner I which you present yourself will complexly deliver a message to the people who see you, you just want to make sure that message is what you meant to say.
T: What do you recommend to others building a brand?
JM: When it comes to branding yourself, first simply it by thinking about the three most unique traits about your personality and lifestyle that sets you apart form everyone else. Next figure out a trademark line, which would describe you in one sentence to anyone that asks. Begin to style yourself in the right colors and textures that makes your brand clear.
T: Is there a brand Jeannie Mai?
JM: The brand Jeannie Mai says. Fashionista, Foodiva, Wearapist. “Where my style and heart bring you full flavor.”
T: So what’s next?
JM: What I would like to do next is to teach wearapy across the world. Wearapy is my theory that clothing can enhance your mood in situations in your life. Through me women will learn the power how they can empower themselves and their life situations all in one look.