Born on 28 May 1997, in Kernersville, North Carolina, under the ambitious sign of Gemini, Dustin McNeer is a 22-year-old American model and bodybuilder. He attracted a lot of attention and became globally popular through his appearance in Season 22 of “America’s Next Top Model”, a hit reality TV series and modeling competition. Even though he failed to reach the final stages of the contest, Dustin was noticed by a number of talent agencies and brands, propelling him to the upper echelons of the modeling industry. Nowadays, he is a bodybuilder, and even has a few first place trophies to his name.
Early Life and Education: Growing Up in North Carolina and Florida
Dustin was born into an American family in rural North Carolina. However, we don’t have any credible information about his early childhood or about his parents. On a number of occasions during “American’s Next Top Model”, the show’s judges and hosts asked him to reveal something about himself, but he vehemently refused to do so, a clear sign that this young man is dedicated to his career and doesn’t want his private life jeopardizing any plans he has.
We do know, however, that the McNeer family relocated to Lewisville, North Carolina shortly after Dustin’s birth, then moved to Florida where young Dustin attended Forsyth County High School, where he was an exceptional wrestler and the star of his school’s team for six years. After matriculating from high school, he decided not to pursue any further educational goals.
Career Beginnings: Getting Discovered, Hollister and More
As a good-looking young man, Dustin had already begun attracting comments while still in high school. Some people thought he was a professional model, while his close friends were talking him into entering the business. With enough encouragement, he finally decided to make the jump and find a modeling gig. His first job was with Hollister, an American lifestyle clothing brand that is immensely popular with teens, which included posing shirtless for their new jeans collection, as well as acting in several US-oriented commercials.
Given the fact that Hollister is a renowned retailer, it didn’t take long for him to get noticed by even bigger brands, such as Calvin Klein – Dustin’s muscular build and handsome face were the main reasons why he was chosen to advertise their new underwear collection. His collaboration with Calvin Klein led to an opportunity he just had to capitalize on.
Reality TV: America’s Next Top Model
“America’s Next Top Model” (ANTM) is a reality TV show known to propel young women, and more rarely men, to superstardom in the fashion industry. They have to go through a challenging “boot camp” to reveal who is the most talented. Because of working with two high-profile fashion brands, the show’s producers wanted Dustin to compete in the latest cycle.
A good-looking and charming young man, he had all the tools to be a serious contender for the winner of the 22nd season of the competition. Even though “America’s Next Top Model” was won by a man only once, Dustin wasn’t discouraged and was eager to compete against the best of the best. He debuted during the Episode One, which first aired on 5 August 2015, but only lasted a few episodes, being the third contestant to be eliminated. Albeit unsuccessful, this attempt at stardom went on to have positive repercussions for young Dustin.
Life After Reality: Next Model Management and Working on His Body
After leaving “America’s Next Top Model”, Dustin had two options. The first was to sulk and feel bad about not being able to go through a photoshoot wearing thongs (yup, this was the reason he was eliminated). The second, however, involved using the experience as motivation and to plan for his future career. Thankfully, he chose the latter option. So Dustin entered the gym, and started improving on his already formidable physique. Immersed in a rigorous workout and dieting regime, he was able to get even more contract offers than before.
In late 2016, Next Model Management Miami managed to sign the up-and-coming male supermodel. The famous talent agency has offices around the world, with their clients gracing the covers of Vogue, Style.com and Rika. With support and proper representation, Dustin appeared on several covers, and is becoming one of the most sought-after names in modeling, all of this at the age of 22.
Focused on Fitness and Bodybuilding?
Since his initial success as a model, Dustin seems to have reoriented his interests towards sports. His background in wrestling most likely provided him with an excellent foundation in terms of strength and agility. He regularly posts Instagram videos and photos of his workouts, and has recently been competing in various fitness competitions, even winning the title of Overall Champion at the National Physique Committee (NPC), in the North Carolina division.
He mostly competes in the Men’s Physique category, in which contestants strive to have as much muscle as possible, but with a low body fat ratio. As an athlete, he is signed to Ape Athletics, a company that makes fitness apparel for both indoor and outdoor workouts. Additionally, he promoted Solution US, a brand which specializes in beauty products and diet supplements containing cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive substance found in the cannabis plant.
Personal Life: Is Dustin McNeer Gay? Does He Have a Significant Other?
With such a muscular build, Dustin didn’t attract just female fans. Many openly gay celebrities and models have praised his body, prompting a lot of his fans to suspect that he is gay. In the beginning, these were mostly just rumors, but everyone’s suspicions were raised when, in 2016, Gay Times, a UK web portal and magazine, covered Dustin as their “InstaFitty” of the week. He even shared a screenshot of the article on Instagram, which made everyone think he is definitely gay.
However, Dustin hasn’t revealed his sexuality, as of June 2019, but in what might be a contradiction to all the rumors, he posted a shirtless photo in 2013, in which he is being kissed by a girl, although he hasn’t revealed anything about the anonymous woman, nor about the nature of their relationship. Aside from spending a lot of time with his mom (whom he calls the true love of his life), Dustin is likely single, and focused on his career and spending time with his family.
Body Measurements: How Tall is Dustin McNeer?
Dustin McNeer is exactly 6ft (183cm) tall – his weight and vital statistics are still unknown, but even if we knew them, they wouldn’t be correct because Dustin regularly gains and loses weight for various bodybuilding competitions. As for body modifications, he started getting tattoos in 2016, and nowadays has his chest covered with various works, as well as both of his forearms and his right shoulder. He recently started getting more work done on his legs, too.
What is Dustin McNeer’s Net Worth?
According to several reputable sources, Dustin McNeer has a net worth of approximately $1.5 million, as of mid-2019 accumulated largely from becoming a professional model as soon as he matriculated from high school. Afterwards, he gained a lot of money and publicity through his appearance on “America’s Next Top Model”.
He also receives a significant amount from participating in bodybuilding competitions and sponsorships. If he manages to make a name for himself as a premier bodybuilder, we might see this number rise in the foreseeable future.
Social Media Presence
Like every model and athlete, Dustin understood the importance of social media as a tool to engage with his audience and gain even more revenue. He is an avid Instagram user, and 430,000 people follow him on the platform.
On Twitter, he is slightly less popular, with just 35,000 followers. He also has a Facebook page, on which 30,000 people interact with him on a daily basis. Interestingly, Dustin also has an account on the controversial site, OnlyFans.com, where people pay to follow a celebrity and view exclusive content.