Meet Buttah Skin’s, “Beyond The Surface,” executive producer + host, Natalie Manuel Lee

Natalie Manuel Lee was born in Sacramento, California to former MLB player, coach and manager, Jerry Manuel and Renette Manuel. Natalie moved across the country from Florida to Chicago, due to her father’s career, and completed her studies at Sacramento State University. Continuing her career after college, she worked as a television producer, journalist/host and wardrobe stylist for multiple fashion campaigns. She was also instrumental in helping build the leading fashion brand, FEAR OF GOD, created by her brother, Jerry Lorenzo.

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Natalie’s love of fashion combined with a passion for discovering and unearthing the defining stories that have shaped people’s lives makes her a unique personality with a driving sense of purpose on the L.A. scene. Natalie premiered her own docuseries, “Now with Natalie” on the Hillsong Channel in early 2019. Season 2 premiered September 2020 on the Hillsong Channel and Youtube. She is also the executive producer and host of Buttah Skin’s “BEYOND THE SURFACE.”

In this interview series , Natalie bridges the gap between culture and inspiration with a series of honest conversations with icons, influencers, celebrities, athletes and artists. With the likes of Hailey Bieber, Charlamagne tha God, Kelly Rowland, Angela Rye and more. This series delivers a look into a variety of human transformations, self evolution and inspirational messages as guest open up to share the most vulnerable parts of themselves and their personal revelations. Natalie’s goal is to bring insight, hope, transformation and empowerment to her audience through her guests’ remarkable journeys.

In her spare time, Natalie supports numerous charitable causes including the Jerry Manuel Foundation, which is committed to developing academic and athletic skills for urban youth. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband Brian and daughter MaeJones. Natalie spends a lot of time among friends and family and considers community as a huge part of who she is today. Natalie hopes to have a lasting impact on those searching for their purpose.


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