By Grace Gavilanes
Dec 18, 2014 @ 12:16 pm

On today's installment of The Climb, TV personality and style expert Jeannie Mai gets candid about what makes great style, and how it can fuel self-confidence---and vice versa. "Good style is smart, effortless, and fun," she says.

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Mai, who started out as a makeup artist, yearned for a career that could help relay her message of confidence to the masses, while still delivering helpful styling tips. "[Working as a makeup artist] was cool, but inside I wanted to showcase what I was doing on women for the everyday woman at home," Mai reveals. "I found that beauty is really self-confidence that you can apply to your face. I wanted to teach women this because no matter what age you are, you’re always looking for self-confidence." And that she did! Mai has since served as a host on The Style Network's How Do I Look? and is currently a co-host on Fox's The Real.

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For more of Jeannie Mai's inspiring story, plus the reasons why she's a girl-boss, and why her mother is her ultimate role model, watch the video above.

Want more from The Climb? Visit our hub for the full archive of interviews with jewelry designer Jennifer Fisher, fashion blogger Arielle Nachmani, model and author Crystal Renn, and model Myla Dalbesio.