Host of Bell Media?s FashionTelevisionChannel, and was the Host of FASHION TELEVISION for 27 Years.
Jeanne has received many awards including a Crystal Award from Women in Film and Television, the Canadian Award of Distinction at the Banff World Media Festival, and a Canada?s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award in the Arts and Communications category. She has also been presented with an Academy Achievement Award for Exceptional Contributions to the Canadian Television Industry by The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television in 2013.
Born in Toronto, Jeanne Beker began her career in show business at the age of 16 and has never looked back. A mother of two daughters, Jeanne Beker is one of the most iconic and influential women in the fashion industry both here in Canada and around the world.
Jeanne first landed a recurring role on a CBC sitcom called TOBY in 1968. At 19, after playing a mixed bag of characters on various Canadian and U.S. productions, she headed for New York City to study at the celebrated Herbert Berghoff Studio. One year later, she returned to Toronto and entered the Theatre program at York University. Later, Jeanne went to Paris and studied mime with Marcel Marceau's teacher, the great Etienne Decroux. In a strange turn of events, Jeanne found herself living in Newfoundland in 1975, as the only professional mime artist in the province. Not wanting to risk the chance of starving in a garret, (to say nothing of the fact that mimes weren't in great demand), she landed a gig with CBC radio reporting on arts and entertainment, regionally and for the network.
Three years later, Jeanne returned to Toronto once again, this time to work for 1050 CHUM, producing daily lifestyle and entertainment features for the radio station. It was in 1978, the year CHUM bought Citytv and the station was eager to produce a music magazine-style show that Jeanne was brought onboard to co-star in what became the groundbreaking, award-winning THE NEWMUSIC (winner of an Iris Award in 1984).
One year later, Jeanne became an entertainment anchor and reporter for the station's news program CITYPULSE, while continuing her duties at THE NEWMUSIC. When MuchMusic was launched in 1984, Jeanne was also there, anchoring ROCKFLASH segments. Growing a little weary of the intensity of rock 'n' roll in 1985, she jumped at the chance to host FASHIONTELEVISION (FT), which became the station's most widely syndicated show, with viewers across Canada and in more than 130 countries across the globe. The success of FT led to the launch of the digital channel, FashionTelevisionChannel (launched in 2001). And today, Jeanne is host and segment producer of both FT and FashionTelevisionChannel - which remains Canada's first and only channel dedicated to fashion, beauty, and design. Jeanne travels to the fashion capitals of the world and brings viewers the latest trends that hit the runways, while interviewing countless designers from Betsey Johnson to Karl Lagerfeld. FT the series is seen in Canada and in countries around the world - including Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Belgium, Czech Republic, and Slovakia.
In addition, Jeanne helped pioneer fashion on the Internet with American communications giant MCI, when she became editorial director of @fashion in 1995 - the web's first fashion site. And with FashionTelevision.com hitting the one million mark of podcasts downloaded per month, people around the world now have 24-hour access to Jeanne and episodes from Canada's leading fashion series.
Jeanne's design credits include a limited time only clothing line launched in 2001 at Eaton's department stores across Canada, followed by a line of body wear (titled Inside Out), sold exclusively at Sears Canada in the fall of 2003.From 2003 to 2009, Jeanne was the editor-in-chief of FQ Magazine and SIR Magazine - Canada's Magazines of Stylish Living. She also co-executive produced the documentary series COVER STORIES, which gave viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the business side of running her magazines. Jeanne was also a judge on CTV's CANADA'S NEXT TOP MODEL, a popular Canadian reality series in which aspiring model hopefuls were taught the ins and outs of the modeling world, as they compete for the grand prize. In February 2010, Jeanne joined etalk hosts Tanya Kim and Ben Mulroney along with etalk reporters Leah Miller and Lainey in Vancouver to cover the 2010 Olympic Winter Games for CTV.
Currently, Jeanne is the host of Bell Media?s FashionTelevisionChannel ? Canada?s first and only 24-hour channel dedicated to fashion, beauty and design. Jeanne is also a contributing editor for The Toronto Star and The Kit, a columnist for Metro, a published author of five books, Creative Director for exclusive clothing line ?Edit by Jeanne Beker? available at The Bay, and a regular style correspondent for ETALK, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW, The Loop.ca and CANADA AM.
Recognized by numerous organizations for her ongoing community involvement and influence in the fashion world, Jeanne was highly praised by Fashion Group International for her impact on the fashion industry and accepted the Vantage Women of Originality Award (awarded to women who are pioneers in their chosen field). She was also the recipient of the Variety Club Diamond Award and received the prestigious Crystal Jury Award in 2006 from Women in Film and Television, for her exceptional achievements in Canadian television. In 2012, Jeanne was honoured with the prestigious Canadian Award of Distinction at the Banff World Media Festival and she received a Canada?s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award in the Arts and Communications category. She has also been presented with an Academy Achievement Award for Exceptional Contributions to the Canadian Television Industry by The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television in 2013. Past Honorary Chair of Toronto's Annual Fashion Cares, Jeanne currently sits on the honorary board for Gilda's Club Greater Toronto.
Follow Jeanne on Twitter (@Jeanne_Beker), as the style icon tweets directly from the runways and fashion capitals of the world.
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