Clinton Kelly (born February 22, 1969) is an American fashion consultant and media personality best known for his role as co-host on What Not to Wear, a reality program that featured fashion makeovers. He shared on-air duties with Stacy London. Kelly started his career as a freelance writer for several fashion magazines. Although he still continues to write, he has since expanded into fashion consulting and designing. In 2011, Kelly joined the cast of ABC's daytime cooking show The Chew.
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Clinton Kelly (born February 22, 1969) is an American fashion consultant and media personality best known for his role as co-host on What Not to Wear, a reality program that features fashion makeovers. He shares on-air duties with Stacy London. Kelly started his career as a freelance writer for several fashion magazines. Although he still continues to write, he has since expanded into fashion consulting and designing. In 2011 Kelly joined the cast of ABC's daytime cooking show The Chew.
Kelly was born in Panama City, Panama of Irish and Italian ancestry, and raised in Port Jefferson Station, Long Island, New York. He graduated from Comsewogue High School in 1987. He attended Boston College and graduated with a degree in communications in 1991; he was president of Boston College's University Chorale. After college, he attained his master's degree in journalism (MSJ), specializing in magazine publishing, from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 1993.
Before joining What Not to Wear as co-host, Kelly hosted a program on Q2 (part of QVC) and worked as a freelance writer and editor at several publications in New York. Kelly was an editor at Marie Claire and a deputy editor at Mademoiselle, where he contributed under the pseudonym "Joe L'Amour". He later became the executive editor of the Daily News Record, a New York-based weekly men's fashion and retail trade magazine.
While Kelly was at Daily News Record, the producers at TLC's What Not to Wear decided to recast the original male lead (Wayne Scot Lukas) and approached Kelly. After three auditions, Kelly was chosen as the new co-host, alongside Stacy London. He has described their relationship as "a brother and sister in the backseat of a car on a long car trip".
Kelly is openly gay, but in comparing What Not to Wear with the show Queer Eye — which pioneered gay men making over people seen as needing fashion advice—the Washington Blade noted some key differences: "Unless you have your gaydar on while watching the show, you would have no idea. There's nothing 'gay' about the show and he doesn't really talk about it on air. Viewers trust Kelly's expertise based on the strength of his choices rather than on the 'he's gay and he should know' fashion theory."
In 2008 Kelly served as a guest consultant on the TLC reality series, Miss America: Countdown to the Crown. He assisted Mario Lopez during the live pageant telecast. Kelly became a co-host of the ABC daytime show The Chew in 2011.
In September 2005 Kelly and Stacy London co-wrote a book titled Dress Your Best: The Complete Guide to Finding the Style That's Right for Your Body. In 2008 Kelly wrote Freakin' Fabulous: How to Dress, Speak, Behave, Eat, Drink, Entertain, Decorate, and Generally be Better than Everyone Else. In 2010 he wrote Oh No She Didn't, telling the do's and don'ts of women's fashion.
In addition to his books and hosting duties on What Not to Wear, Kelly writes a weekly style column for "RedEye" in The Chicago Tribune. He is also a national spokesman for Macy's and has a clothing line through QVC called Kelly by Clinton Kelly. In July 2008, his Extended Tab 5 Trousers sold out in seven seconds.
Kelly is married to Damon Bayles. They were married in 2009 at their home in Connecticut.
Comsewogue High School
Boston College, Northwestern University
Panama City, Panama
Stylist, journalist, personality
Claim to Fame
What Not To Wear
Bright baby blue eyes
Brown - Light
Stacy London, Carla Hall, Daphne Oz, Michael Simon, Mario Batalli
Favorite TV Shows
Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Chicago, Conneticut
Italian, Wine, Shrimp
Blue, Green, Turqouise
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