| Lanford Beard |
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Though “tooch” top-pled “booch” on the 20th cycle of “America’s Next Top Model” (“ANTM”) – the first season when creator and host Tyra Banks invited guys into the competition – cycle 21 saw some serious con-tenders among the male models.
In fact, only one beautiful lady stood before Banks as “ANTM” entered its two-episode finale. Would a man finally be on top?
The cycle’s penultimate episode saw frat boy Adam rally to take the top photo for a second week in a row. With Will called second, Keith found himself in the bottom two with sole remaining girl Lenox. After Lenox’s total score fell well below Keith’s, Tyra was shocked to discover the series would have its first-ever all-male finale.
Former NFL wide receiver Keith Carlos tal-ked exclusively with Entertainment Weekly about being the first “Top Model” with a Y chro-mosome…
Q: Congratulations! How did it feel in those final moments as you learned whether you’d made it to the finals?
A: It was very suspenseful. My chest was in my stomach. It was a shock. I couldn’t believe it. I was overjoyed, and I was happy to still be in the running.
Q: In addition to being the first guy to win, you’re also the oldest model to win. You’re blazing trails!
A: I’m bringing mature back (Laughs).
Q: You had a real rollercoaster in the last couple of weeks… Did that get to you psychologically?
A: It really didn’t get to me because I’m used to ups and downs. I correlate everything to football because that’s where I learned a lot about dealing with the ups and downs.
I just knew I had to take the critiques and apply them. I knew that I would be okay as long as I kept my challenge scores high and gave an okay-to-stellar performance at my photo shoot. It was just a game of numbers.
Q: How did you approach competing against Adam and Will?
A: We all have great looks, we all have our own looks, and we all bring something different to the table… I really can’t control what they do; I could only control what I would do. I just had to make sure that I left everything out there on every photo shoot so that I gave myself the best chance to win.
Q: Did you perceive one guy as bigger compe-tition?
A: I always looked at Will as huge competition. He has a great look – he’s a model all around.