'America's Next Top Model' Alum Lio Tipton Comes Out as Queer, Nonbinary

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Friday June 4, 2021

"America's Next Top Model" alum and "Crazy, Stupid, Love" actor Lio Tipton thrilled fans with a Pride Month-timed Instagram post in which they came out as queer and nonbinary, and announced their pronouns as "they/she," Buzzfeed has reported.

In addition to the announcement, Tipton posted "an illustration conveying a figure who doesn't identify as male or female," Variety noted.

"I hope to give as much love and support back to those who continue to show love and support for the Pride community at large," Tipton shared in their June 3 post along with a rainbow flag and a red heart emoji.

One curious Instagram user responded to Tipton's post with an innocuous question: "Whom she identifies as is none of my business and it should not be. However I want to understand. I would be grateful if someone could explain it to me. Lots of love people."

Others simply showed their appreciation.

"Proud of you Lio," one user commented.

Another user praised, "Big fan, still. Even more so, now that you're demonstrated such massive courage."

As Variety mentions, "Tipton is best known for portraying the teenage babysitter in 'Crazy, Stupid, Love' Over the years, the actor has appeared in films such as 'The Green Hornet,' the paranormal zombie comedy 'Warm Bodies' and the rom-com 'Two Night Stand' co-starring Miles Teller.

"Other credits include the Scarlett Johansson thriller 'Lucy,' 'Mississippi Grind' and the coming-of-age film 'Summer Nights.'"

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.