Jay Manuel Has a Special Birthday Wish and Partners With Operation Smile

Happy Birthday Jay! After spending more than a decade in the world of high fashion, Jay Manuel knows there is nothing more beautiful than a smile. So today, for his birthday, Mr. Manuel is asking his friends and fans to give the gift of a smile for children around the world born with facial deformities. He has created a Birthday Campaign on Operation Smile’s Facebook Cause page, where he is encouraging fans to donate to the international children’s medical charity.

Operation Smile is proud to announce that Jay Manuel has been named an official Smile Ambassador and will support the organization’s global efforts to provide free surgeries for children born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities. Earlier this year, Jay partnered with Auction Cause to host an eBay auction for select items from his wardrobe, and donated a portion of the proceeds to Operation Smile. This partnership sparked an immediate connection and shortly thereafter Jay attended Operation Smile’s annual New York Gala where he discovered more about the organization, which solidified his desire to help the organization change the lives of children around the world.

“I’m thrilled to partner with Operation Smile and help raise funds and awareness for children suffering from facial deformities,” said Jay Manuel. “I truly believe that every child deserves that picture-perfect smile. But it goes beyond a smile – a surgery that can take as little as 45 minutes has the power to literally create new hope and a new life for a child.”

The truth is, every 3 minutes, a child somewhere in the world is born with a cleft lip and cleft palate. These children are often unable to speak, eat, socialize or attend school. Thanks to Operation Smile and through the help of dedicated medical volunteers and generous donations, many of these children are provided with free reconstructive surgeries.

Jay is known for creating stunning visuals in the world of high fashion and beauty. He is currently the Creative Director/Judge on The CW Network reality series “America’s Next Top Model” and as the Host of The Style Network’s makeover series, “Style Her Famous.” You can also watch Jay as he covers celebrity fashion hits and misses of The Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Grammy Awards and The SAG awards, as the Fashion Correspondent for E! Networks.

To help Jay Manuel raise funds and awareness for children in need who want nothing more than the ability to smile, visit Operation Smile.

For more information about Jay, visit www.jaymanuel.com or you can follow Jay on Twitter.

Photo Credit & Source: Operation Smile