First Asian Male Contestant on ‘America’s Next Top Model’

11 Aug
Justin Kim - The First Asian Male Contestant on ‘America’s Next Top Model’

Justin Kim – America’s Next Top Model . 第一位亞裔男模 Justin Kim 參選超級名模生死鬥

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by Ethel Navales │ August 11, 2015 │ Re-post from: Audrey Magazine

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Justin Kim - ANTM Cycle 22

Justin Kim – ANTM Cycle 22

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Looks like we’re definitely tuning in to America’s Next Top Model Cycle 22! The popular reality television show is finally featuring an Asian male contestant and it goes without saying that he’s an absolute dreamboat. Justin Kim may only be 23-years-old, but the Korean model already has quite a few eyes on him. According to Model Mayhem, he has done editorial, erotic, fitness, lifestyle, swimwear and promotional modeling. Kim, who stands over six feet tall and hails from Springfield, Virginia, has nearly 7K followers on Instagram, and we can only imagine how much his fanbase will grow with ANTM. After all, he is already being named a fan-favorite.

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Justin Kim’s Instagram: seoulful_j

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Justin Kim’s Instagram: seoulful_j

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Justin Kim’s Instagram: seoulful_j

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Justin Kim’s Instagram: seoulful_j

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Justin Kim’s Instagram: seoulful_j

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Although there have already been Asian contestants on the show (such as Shei Phan, Gina Choe, Jennifer An, Sheena Satana and Claire Unabia), these contestants have all been female. This certainly aligns with the idea that mainstream media has not yet recognized the appeal of Asian men. Too many times have we seen Asian males stereotyped with “traditionally unappealing” traits. “When I was growing up, I was very much influenced by what I saw, and more importantly what I didn’t see on television.” said the winner of reality TV show Survivor: Cook Islands, Yul Kwon. Kwon went on to point out that whenever he saw an Asian man on television, the character was a kung-fu master who could kick ass but couldn’t speak English, or a computer geek who could figure out algorithms but couldn’t get a date. It’s 2015 and yet these negative stereotypes still exist. Hopefully, with more Asians entering mainstream media platforms, the world can finally accept that Asians are just as diverse as any other ethnicity. After all, we are human too.

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Justin Kim’s Instagram: seoulful_j

Justin Kim's Instagram: seoulful_j

Justin Kim – America’s Next Top Model . 第一位亞裔男模 Justin Kim 參選超級名模生死鬥

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Justin Kim

  • Age: 23
  • Hometown: Springfield, Virginia
  • Height 6’1″

Feature image courtesy of Justin Kim’s Facebook Fanpage, Instagram Model Mayhem.

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