Jay and Miss J.: The "Unlikely Heroes" of Top Model

By GLAAD |
November 19, 2008

Cycle 11 of America's Next Top Model airs tonight, and even though transgender model Isis and bisexual beauty Elina have been eliminated, everyone's favorite gays, Mr. and Miss J, blessedly remain.

The Los Angeles Times profiled the two personalities today, proclaiming Jay Manuel and J. Alexander to be the "unlikely heroes" of Top Model, "keeping viewers laughing, models in line and ratings high for 11 editions and counting."

Writer Denise Martin continues:

"The girls competing to win a modeling contract don't mind the critiques, however catty they may be. Manuel and Alexander seem like the gay best friends they always wanted: stylish, opinionated and happy to coif the contestants until they're stunning."

As we reported earlier, the two Js are set to star in their own show, called Operation Fabulous. Described as a cross between Top Model and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, the two will travel the U.S. to give head-to-toe makeovers to women in small towns across the nation.

Jay Manuel and J. Alexander

Though the show is not officially picked up by The CW, the network's President of Entertainment Dawn Ostroff, fully supports the series. "Jay is your parent in tough love," she tells the Times. "He tells you the way it is, but only because he wants you to be the best you can be. As much as Miss J criticizes and rolls his eyes, deep down, he's just looking for the girl who can get it done."

Don't miss any of their antics! The season finale of America's Next Top Model airs tonight at 8/7c on The CW.

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