Lio Tipton (born on November 9, 1988) is an American figure skater, performer, and fashion model.[1] They were a contestant on cycle 11 of ANTM in 2008, where they were second runner-up. They use they/she pronouns.

Early life

Lio Tipton was born on November 9, 1988 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[2] When they were eight, their family relocated to Sacramento, California.[2] They attended St. Francis High School and the New York Film Academy's Film School program at Universal Studios, Los Angeles. Currently studied film at Marymount College, in Palos Verdes, California.

Lio was also a fierce supporter of the Invisible Children. They participated in the Global Night Commute in the Cesar Chavez park.

Prior to the show, Lio had posed for photographers Shaun Pfeipher and Robert Dahey,[3][4] and modeled for a mock Grazia Magazine ad campaign, produced by Alejandra Garibay.[5] They were signed to I Model & Talent in Los Angeles[6] and walked in Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall 2008 for designer Kelly Nishimoto for her Fall 2008 collection, Imasu.[7]

Figure Skating

Tipton began skating at the age of two and a half.[2] They trained for most of her childhood, and competed in four U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships. Later, they and her pair partner, Phillip Cooke,[8] became two-time regional champions, and competed at the U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships twice on the Juvenile level.[8] They retired from competitive skating at 16, but continued to skate in charity ice shows for AIDS foundations.[2]

ANTM

Lio was recruited through Myspace and was asked to audition in Los Angeles.[2] After landing in the bottom two in the episode You're Beautiful, Now Change for not using her ice-skating moves to her advantage, they rebounded and appeared in the top three for seven consecutive weeks. Lio was called first twice, one for the first CoverGirl commercial, which Tyra deemed "the best CoverGirl commercial in the history of America's Next Top Model". They also won the go-sees challenge, by booking all three of their go-sees they went to and returning back on time. In a challenge won by Elina, she shared her prize with Marjorie and Lio; they appeared alongside each other in the December 2008/January 2009 issue of Seventeen.

They were subsequently eliminated in the finale after forgetting her lines in the second CoverGirl commercial, which left Samantha and McKey to walk in the finale runway show.

Post-Show

Lio has signed with Abrams Artists Agency, in both the commercial and theatrical divisions.[9]

Tipton appeared as a guest star on the television series "The Big Bang Theory", in the episode "The Panty Piñata Polarization", with Samantha.[10] They have also done some print work.[11] They made her film debut in "The Green Hornet", where they acted alongside Cameron Diaz and Seth Rogen, which was released on January 14, 2011. They also played a babysitter who has a crush on Steve Carell's character in "Crazy, Stupid, Love", alongside Julianne Moore, Marisa Tomei, Emma Stone, and Ryan Gosling. This role garnered some praise from the critics, as they were called a "face to watch" by The New York Times, and was featured in Nylon, Details, Teen Vogue and Interview. They are also the head supervisor for a film called Stealing Second.

They appeared in the third season of HBO's TV comedy "Hung", playing a schizophrenic pimp.

They starred in the zombie-apocalyptic horror film Warm Bodies, directed by Jonathan Levine, alongside actors Dave Franco, Teresa Palmer and John Malkovich. They played Palmer’s character's best friend.

In June 2021, they came out as queer and non-binary on instagram.

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