Behind every successful person is a hardworking mom.
Jeannie Mai, a confident, bubbly talk show host, is one of the most popular personalities on daytime television. You may know her as the stylist from “How Do I Look?” or as the fabulously dressed E! red carpet host. She began her career as a makeup artist dressing the faces of celebrities like Christina Aguilera and Alicia Keys, and went on to become a star herself. With a television career spanning 16 years, Mai has hosted a variety of high profile shows and events. Her highest profile gig as of late has been as an outspoken co-host on the Emmy Award winning daytime talk show “The Real,” where she unapologetically shares her experiences as a Vietnamese American. What’s more, she works with NightLight International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting human trafficking both in America and abroad. One of the few authentic voices in Hollywood, she gives the opinions and advice we never knew we were craving in mainstream entertainment. She’s unarguably a powerful role model and voice for Asian America.
But who do we have to think for this golden ray of sunshine?
Olivia TuTram Mai, popularly known as Mama Mai, is Jeannie’s hilarious, eccentric mother. She made her debut on the “The Real” in 2014. The internet went crazy for her with a video of her appearance amassing nearly 2 million views on YouTube.
Many people may think that Asian moms are serious, conservative and not all that funny. Not Mamma Mai.
Here are 5 reasons we all stan Jeannie’s mom:
1. She’s hilarious!
Mama Mai always manages to leave us with tears and cramps from laughing too hard. You just have to watch it for yourself.
2. Her style
Let’s be honest with ourselves, not many of us would wear this outfit. But somehow, through the grace of God, Mama Mai has managed to make it look chic and fabulous, reminding us that to be a fashionista, you need to push the boundaries. Okay, Mama Mai! We see you!
…and she’s hip?
No, but really, check her out at Coachella 2018.
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Mama Mai the first time at @coachella !! First I thinking we go discount shop for the Coach handbag but NO. I get here and I see alot of the girl and boy dress up, dance, eat food, take picture, now I understand Coachella it the party for lazy people try look important! Mama Mai happy to being here !
I don’t know about you, but my mom would never be seen dancing at a music festival, not that she even knows what Coachella is.
3. For always keeping it 100
Mama Mai always tell is it how it is, and we love that. You already know you’re in for a piece of entertaining wisdom when she shows up on your screen.
4. Her love for life
As Jeannie once said, “Asian no raisin!” Mama Mai knows how to live it up! If only all of our moms were like that.
5. For reminding us to appreciate our parents
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Today it January 4, my ONE AND ONLY DAUGHTER BIRTHDAY!!!! When I carry her, I can feel she different. I can feel she strong. Every day I see you Jeannie grow up healthy, and so smart. You not shy. When you young I know you will be special girl when you grow up. Because you always made Daddy and I proud of you. The day you born I watching the TV show and I get the idea for your name. My 1st daughter-You make my wish come true: I DREAM OF JEANNIE, I Dream of the little girl like YOU. That’s why I give you that name. When you young you come home from school cry so much because the kid in school they tease they say “Jeannie the Weinie!!! Jeannie the Wienie!!!” Remember what I tell you? I say to you I will go in there and kick the kid ass. Not because they make fun, but because the stupid kid, they say wrong: it JEANNIE the WINNER. You are a winner, con, you win everyday in your life when you have the good thing in your heart to make you smile. You win when you have the love to make other people smile with you. I teach you to celebrate your life, every day even the Monday. You alive, so that mean you make every day a special occasion. That is how you WIN. Jeannie the Winner, everyone who understand this idea for your life, you are a WINNER too.🙏🙏🙏🙏 Happy Birthday my daughter, my con, Jeannie the Winner. ❤❤❤
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Many second-generation Asian American children can attest to the sacrifices their parents have made for them. A 16-year-old Mama Mai woke up at 3 a.m. to flee communism in Saigon, Vietnam. After being rescued by the U.S. Navy, she was given $200 to chase the American dream and the rest is history.
“Big dream is just wait and wish for my two son to have a great career,” Mama Mai said in an interview with her daughter in 2015. “Find the right woman they love, get married like their sister, so I don’t have to worry. About my favorite daughter, I don’t have to worry her anymore, she happy enjoy life… That is already my big dream.”