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'America's Next Top Model' Crowns the First-Ever Male Winner of the Competition!


It was down to the final four during last night's finale of America's Next Top Model Cycle 21 and Keith Carlos won! 

**Do you think you have what it takes to win ANTM? Scroll to the bottom for details!**

Keith beat out his fellow contestants Will Jardell, Lenox Tillman and Adam Smith, officially making him the first male to ever win ANTM! Creator of the series, Tyra Banks, added guys to the competition last cycle.

I liked Keith from the beginning. The Connecticut native was always Mr. cool, suave, he seemed kind and an all around very humble guy who wanted to model in order to help his family get out of the projects. 

This isn't the first time in the spotlight for the soon-to-be 27-year-old. Keith played in the NFL as a wide received on his last team the New York Giants.

He is currently a free agent and can now focus on his modeling career! Returning prizes for this cycle, include a modeling contract with NEXT Model Management, a spread in Nylon magazine, and a U.S. $100,000 campaign with Guess.

Keith tweeted out last night:

"IM AMERICAS NEXT TOP MODEL!!!!!!! Thank You! I love you all! My cycle mates I love you!! We all will be very successful!!!! "

"Mr. ANTM is this real? Someone pinch me!"

He also edited his Twitter profile to read: "1st Male Winner of AMERICAS NEXT TOP MODEL Former NFL WR."

Congrats to the very sexy Keith Carlos!

Incase you missed last nights finale, click here: Part 1 and then click here: Part 2 to watch. See more pics of Keith below!

"Wow! I'm honored and extremely overwhelmed with LOVE. I would like to congratulate my new family members the cast of ANTM C21! They are all talented and they all will be VERY successful! This one is also for the MEN out there trying to succeed in a female dominated industry. This is for the youngin in urban America with a single mother, no guidance, and a chip on their shoulder. Those that know me know that I want to see everyone win in life and this is who I am to the core. We need more positive role models out there to change the direction our society is going. I'm glad I am the new trend setter for this generation! It's a great responsibility and I'm STRONG enough to do so. THANKS TO #TEAMKeithCarlos I Love you all for riding with me the whole way! I'm glad I had this opportunity to make all my supporters proud. Thanks to my haters because you keep me motivated to see you pissed off at my successes. Thanks @tyrabanks , Ken Mok and my other GREAT MENTORS ON ANTM for breaking me down and building me back up molding me into who I am as a model! Thanks to the whole Production, the beautiful women that casted me @carrieincasting and @michellemockcasting your time and efforts are very appreciated............................... Much Respect! R.I.P #MikeBrown #EricGarner and many others let's break this cycle MEN!"

Tyra is currently looking for Cycle 22 contestants, women and men!

Tyra posted on her Instagram page:
Have U been left out of #TopModel because U R **ahem** shorter — or taller — than most? Well Ty has REALLY GOOD #ANTM news for U…There is NO HEIGHT REQUIREMENT for #Cycle22 CASTING! To apply, follow my casting director @MichelleMockCasting & click on the link in her bio for the casting application!
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