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'America's Next Top Model's' Jay Manuel auctions his clothes for a good cause

May 6, 2010 | 11:00 am

Jay Jay Manuel, co-host of "America's Next Top Model" and various E! network red-carpet shows, is losing his shirt(s) for a good cause.

The bleached-blond fashion expert will auction  more than 100 personal wardrobe items on EBay from May 13 to 23 to help benefit Operation Smile, a global children’s medical charity dedicated to helping improve the lives of children and young adults who were born with cleft lips and cleft palates. (Note: Only a portion of the sales will go toward the charity.)

Auction items include pieces Manuel has worn on various red carpets and clothes from his personal life.

Standout pieces include a Valentino beaded tux jacket; an Yves Saint Laurent black tuxedo; a silver and black Commes de Garcons jacket; an all-white D&G silk tuxedo; a Roberto Cavalli embossed silk blazer; a one-of-a-kind denim "art piece" jacket; John Fluevog silver boots; and various Prada and Louis Vuitton bags.

Bidders and fans can sign up on the Jay Manuel EBay page to be notified when the auctions go live.

"Anyone who knows me knows my love of clothes," said Manuel in a news release. "My grandfather was a tailor, so it's in my genes. Over the years, I've been fortunate [enough] to wear beautiful clothing from many top designers, and now it's time for me to give something back."

-- Emili Vesilind

Photo: Jay Manuel. Credit: EBay

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