Jeannie Mai, co-host of “The Real,” on how she started out with just $271
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Jeannie Mai, co-host of “The Real,” on how she started out with just $271

Jeannie Mai at Miami Art Week in December, 2018. “The Real” co-host and stylist Jeannie Mai, 40, knows what it’s like to work her way up from the bottom. The daughter of Vietnamese immigrants trying to escape communism, she grew up in a three-bedroom home in San Jose, Calif., with 14 family members. She understood what poverty felt like, and set out to build a different kind of life for herself. At 18, Mai started working at MAC Cosmetics as a makeup artist and trainer, which ultimately helped her connect with celebrity clients, such as Christina Aguilera and Alicia Keys. From there, she set her sights on moving from behind the scenes to in front of the camera and landed a gig as on-air talent for a local TV network. Soon after, she moved to L.A., determined to make an even bigger mark. Here, Mai opens up about how she stretched her money in Hollywood, the art of the side hustle—and why she’s not afraid of losing it all. How did you make the leap from being a makeup artist to on-air talent? At MAC, I loved teaching women how to get ‘the look.’ It not only created a […]

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