For the first time in the 11 year history of America’s Next Top Model, a male has won the competition. Created and hosted by supermodel Tyra Banks, ANTM as it’s called for short, the original show format consisted of 10-14 female models living in one house, competing for model stardom and a copious amount of endorsements.
In August 2013, Banks and her production company added the element of male models to change the dynamics of the show. Cycle 20 marked the first time males were allowed to compete, however the cycle was won by Jourdan Miller, a female.
In August 2014, Cycle 21 premiered with seemingly much more male competition. African American contests Denzel Wells (starring role on Tyler Perry’s show “If Loving You Is Wrong”) and Keith Carlos excelled in the contest, seeing Wells go 7th out of 14 contestants and with Carlos being crowned the winner. Three out of four of the last contestants were male, with the final three being all guys.
Keith Carlos, 26, is a former NFL football player for the New York Giants (2013- off season squad) from Bridgetown, Connecticut.
With a very similar appearance to male supermodel Tyson Beckford (age 43), Carlos plans to “make a name for himself” with his own success.
Carlos started modeling in 2011, after earning a magazine cover for “Krave”. Since winning America’s Next Top Model, Carlos has walked in numerous fashion shows, including Betsy Johnson, L.A., New York, Milan and Seoul Fashion Weeks.
Carlos is the product of a single parent home, as he likes to mention, and his road to the Top Model crown was not easy.
Breezing through the first few weeks of the competition, winning the famed “Tyra Suite” by winning 3 challenges back to back, he sparked a romance with fellow castmate Mirjana. After a fallout with Mirjana, Carlos started to lose focus on the competition and him photo shoots were his downfall. Constantly giving the same face in photos and not taking direction from artistic director Yu Tsai, Carlos slid through eliminations.
Carlos proved that he could be America’s Next Top Model after delivering the best runway walk of every final contestant, in addition to finally giving different facial expressions in photographs.
Stay tuned for Keith Carlos, because he is defiantly a face you will soon see a lot of.
Here is Carlos and super model Tyra Banks, poses for the ANTM signature winner’s photo shoot with Tyra.