Keith Carlos

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Keith Carlos
Born (1987-12-19) December 19, 1987 (age 30)
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Nationality  United States
Known for The first male winner of America's Next Top Model
Modeling information
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Hair color Black[1]
Eye color Brown[1]
Agency NEXT Model Management
Keith Carlos
Free agent
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1987-12-19) December 19, 1987 (age 30)
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school: Bridgeport (CT) Central
College: Purdue
Undrafted: 2011
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only

Keith Kasson Carlos (born December 19, 1987) is a former American football wide receiver and fashion model, who became the first male winner of America's Next Top Model.

Early life[edit]

Carlos attended Central High School in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

College career[edit]

Lackawanna College[edit]

After high school Carlos attended Lackawanna College[2]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Keith Carlos
Bridgeport, Connecticut Lackawanna College 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 4.27 Feb 26, 2008 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:2/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: JC (RB)   Rivals: -- (WR), -- (CT)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


Carlos committed to Purdue University on February 24, 2009.[3] Carlos also received scholarships from 3 other FBS schools (Kansas State, Rutgers and Temple). While at Purdue, Carlos was initiated into the Nu chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.[4][5]


Carlos's play netted him a scholarship to continue his football career at Purdue University. He was named a starting wide receiver for four games through the season in 2009. In 2010, Carlos changed his position to running back for the Boilermakers, after an injury to Ralph Bolden.[6] Carlos went on finish 3rd on the team in rushing yards (337) and touchdowns (2). Carlos graduated from Purdue with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration.[4][7]

NFL Career[edit]

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Carlos signed with the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL) in 2011.[8]

New York Giants[edit]

On June 3, 2013, Carlos was signed by the New York Giants.[2] On August 20, 2013, he was waived/injured by the Giants.[9] On August 21, 2013, he cleared waivers and was placed on the Giants' injured reserve list. On August 27, 2013, he was waived with an injury settlement.

America’s Next Top Model[edit]

Before his early retirement from football, Carlos had done a small number of modeling jobs.[5] In 2011, he was the Krave magazine 'Krave Kover Winner'.[10] The following year, Carlos appeared in the "Made Love Lately" music video by Day26 and was named an “unforgettable face” in a 2013 edition of Essence magazine.[4]

In 2014, Carlos auditioned for the twenty-first cycle of America's Next Top Model. In the 4th week of the season, when the others models were getting makeovers, Tyra Banks revealed that Carlos would be keeping his natural look and would not be receiving a makeover. Over the course of the competition, he won best photo three times and was in the bottom two twice.[11] On December 6, 2014, Carlos was named the first male winner of America's Next Top Model which included a contract with NEXT Model Management, a photo shoot for Nylon magazine[12] and a cash prize of $100,000.[4]

He plays the love interest in the "Be Careful (Cardi B song)" music video by Cardi B.[13]


  1. ^ a b c "Profile - Keith Carlos". NEXT Model Management. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "New York Giants sign WR Keith Carlos". Hearst Communications Inc. June 3, 2013. Retrieved June 3, 2013. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Keith Carlos". Yahoo!. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d Sequin, Cynthia. "A Gazelle Wakes Up". Purdue Alumni. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Client Profile - Keith Carlos". Karyzma Agency. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 
  6. ^ Nick Shepkowski (April 4, 2010). "Purdue Running Back Bolden Injured". Chicago Now. Retrieved June 3, 2013. [permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Keith Carlos - LinkedIn". 
  8. ^ "Eagles Add Two More RFAs". Philadelphia Eagles. July 29, 2011. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  9. ^ Eisen, Michael (August 20, 2013). "Injury forces Offensive Line shuffle". Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Krave Kover Winners - ANTM". Krave Magazine. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 
  11. ^ Peppers, Margot (10 December 2014). "Keith Carlos announces America's Next Top Model win on Instagram with Tyra Banks". Daily Mail. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 
  12. ^ Peoples, Landon (15 Jan 2015). "ANTM Winner Keith Carlos on his New Life as a Top Model". Nylon magazine. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 
  13. ^ Cardi B Releases “Be Careful” Featuring Keith Carlos

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Preceded by
Jourdan Miller
America's Next Top Model winner
Cycle 21 (2014)
Succeeded by
Nyle DiMarco