Former Purdue running back Keith Carlos, who graduated with a degree in business from Purdue in 2011, just became the first male winner of the spinoff of hit reality show, America’s Next Top Model.
The 26-year-old football-player-turned-model’s piercing eyes, chiseled jawline and toned body made television history on Friday, when he was announced as winner of the runway reality show’s “Cycle 21,” landing him a contract at Next Model Management and a spread in Nylon Magazine.
A member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity’s Purdue chapter, Carlos started as a wide receiver for the Boilermakers on a scholarship in 2009 and switched to running back in 2010. He signed with the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, then the New York Giants after graduation.
As many America’s Next Top Model contestants do, Carlos showcased an assortment of flashy, fierce and weird photos that eschewed traditional standards of masculinity and femininity. During the Tyra Banks-produced show, Carlos impressed judges with a wide range of looks, winning three “best photos” during the course of the season.