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Cycle 21
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General Information
Country of origin: United States
Number of episodes: 16
Broadcast Information
Original channel: The CW
Premiere: August 18, 2014
Finale: December 5, 2014
Cycle Information
Judges: Tyra Banks
Kelly Cutrone
J. Alexander
Number of contestants: 14
Winner: Keith Carlos
Cycle Chronology
Previous: Cycle 20
Next: Cycle 22

Cycle 21 of America's Next Top Model, also known as Cycle 21: Guys & Girls, premiered on August 18, 2014 on The CW and concluded on December 5, 2014.

Keith Carlos was crowned the winner of the cycle, making him the first male contestant to win the series.



The ages stated are from the start of the contest.

Contestant Age Hometown Eliminated Place
Keith Carlos 26 Bridgeport, Connecticut N/A 1st
Will Jardell 23 Nederland, Texas Episode 16 2nd
Adam Smith 26 Memphis, Tennessee 3rd
Lenox Tillman 19 Newnan, Georgia Episode 15 4th
Shei Phan 23 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Episode 14 5th
Chantelle Young 19 Toronto, Canada Episode 13 6th
Raelia Lewis 22 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Episode 12 7th
Mirjana Puhar 18 Charlotte, North Carolina Episode 10 8th
Denzel Wells 23 Houston, Texas Episode 9 9th
Matthew Smith 24 Highlands Ranch, Colorado Episode 8 10th
Kari Calhoun 23 Coppell, Texas Episode 7 11th
Ben Schreen 24 Waverly, Iowa Episode 6 12th
Romeo Tostado 23 Salinas, California Episode 5 13th
Ivy Timlin 20 Buffalo, New York Episode 3 14th
  • In Episode 5, Romeo was eliminated from the competition before the photoshoot due to physically assaulting Adam.
  • Mirjana Puhar was shot dead in a 'drug related' triple homicide on February 24, 2015.

Cycle Overview

Cycle Episodes Originally Aired (U.S. dates)
Cycle Premiere Cycle Finale
21 16 August 18, 2014 December 5, 2014

Cycle 21: 2014

No. in
No. in
Title Original Air Date
258 1 "The Boyz R Back" August 18, 2014
Potential contestants hit the runway and compete to see who can take the best selfie; Miss J returns to the judging panel.
259 2 "The Guy Who Gets a Second Chance" August 25, 2014
Semifinalists model various seasons in a limited amount of time during a rigorous subway challenge; a nighttime photo shoot at the beach gets steamy.
260 3 "The Girl Who's a Player" September 1, 2014
Tempers flare and relationships ignite as the 14 contestants move into their new home; the models compete in a runway challenge wearing only silly string; behind-the-scenes look on the rain-themed intro.
261 4 "The Guy Who Gets a Beard Weave" September 8, 2014
A love triangle puts some models off their game at an optical illusion photo shoot; as makeover day arrives, one model shows off a new look, while another has a breakdown.
262 5 "The Guy Who Starts a Fight" September 15, 2014
Tyra helps the models prepare for a sexy photo shoot; unexpected chemistry sparks between two models before a challenge involving stilts; a model breaks a house rule after a night of partying.
263 6 "The Girl Who Got Five Frames" September 22, 2014
The models must produce the perfect hair whip during a wind-blown photo shoot -- but one model only receives five frames; the models receive a chance to be the face of Nick Cannon's new ad campaign.
264 7 "The Guy Who Wears Heels" October 3, 2014
The contestants audition for a walk-on role on a TV show; hurtful comments lead to an icy photo shoot.
265 8 "The Girl Who Says It's Over" October 10, 2014
A photo shoot challenge leads two models to realize they need to put their personal relationship aside; the models discover common ancestry links during a futuristic sci-fi photo shoot.
266 9 "The Guy Who Wows Betsey Johnson" October 17, 2014
After a private runway session with Miss J, the models must book fashion shows with designers including Betsey Johnson; models are paired up during a photo shoot for a hair product.
267 10 "The Girl with the Bloodcurdling Scream" October 24, 2014
An eliminated model returns to the competition; the models must keep their composure during a challenge at a former slaughterhouse with a dark history; a fashion shoot with a focus on HIV and AIDS awareness.
268 11 "What Happens on ANTM Stays on ANTM" October 31, 2014
A recap of the competition so far.
269 12 "The Guy Who Parties Too Hard" November 7, 2014
The models travel to Seoul, Korea, where they take part in a group dance photo shoot judged by BtoB; a bad habit limits one model's potential for success.
270 13 "The Girl Who Gets Caught on a Lie" November 14, 2014
During a timed challenge, the models race to locations in Seoul; a model winds up isolated after getting caught in a lie; a confrontation occurs between a model and Yu Tsai.
271 14 "The Guy With Moves Like Elvis" November 21, 2014
The five remaining models perform a scene with Korean soap opera actors before dressing up to re-create iconic images of Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe.
272 15 "Finale Part One: The Last Girl Standing" December 5, 2014
The final four models take part in a commercial shoot with the help of eliminated contestants; the models take part in their final photo shoot.
273 16 "Finale Part Two: America's Next Top Model Is..." December 5, 2014
The final three models participate in a high-octane runway show in Seoul for fashion designer Lie Sang Bong; the finalists reminisce about their experiences; 2NE1 performs; the winner is announced.


In Episode 5, contestant Romeo Tostado was eliminated from the competition after provoking a physical altercation with fellow contestant Adam Smith.

2 months after the cycle's conclusion, news broke on February 24, 2015 that contestant Mirjana Puhar had been shot dead during a 'drug related' triple homicide.[1]


  • This cycle marks:
    • The second cycle to feature male competitors as well as females.
    • The first cycle to feature an all male top three.
    • The second contestant to be disqualified from the series. The first being Angelea Preston in Cycle 17.
  • The international destination for the cycle was Seoul, South Korea.


To view the gallery for Cycle 21, click here.