People whose interests include modeling will surely know the social media sensation Don Benjamin who emerged to the limelight in 2013, following his appearance in the 20th season of America’s Next Top Model. In addition to modeling, Benjamin is an actor, television personality and a musical artist. After his early years which he spent in the violent neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, he moved to several locations with his mum, including Florida and Mississippi before they later settled in Minneapolis.
The handsome model has always had interest in music since his early years and relocating to LA gave him the opportunity to earn popularity as a model, opening the doors to his participation in America’s Next Top Model. Don Benjamin was part of the debut season of Scared Famous – the horror reality TV show which he won and by 2012, his music career took-off with the song Across the Sky. The singer’s acting debut came on the set of One Ten – a 2014 production which featured him in a single episode. He was also part of Ariana Grande’s music video Into You where he acted as her lover.
Don Benjamin’s Early Life
The South Side of Chicago, Illinois was known for such unpalatable ills as gun violence, all sorts of crime as well as abject poverty. That was exactly where Don Benjamin was born on the 5th of May 1987. Though he was young and impressionable, the emerging talent did not allow himself to be influenced by his environment. Fortunately, he soon moved with his mum to Florida for a short while and later moved to Mississippi and then to Minneapolis, Minnesota where he completed high school at Brooklyn Center High School Located in Minnesota.
Don Benjamin’s birth name is Donald Benjamin and he is the son of Seline Thottumkal and Joseph Thottumkal, the rising star has a younger sister very close to his heart named Brooke.
He has always been interested in music and spent his formative years listening to the likes of LL Cool J, Jay Z, Boyz II Men, Nas as well as Jagged Edge. As part of his high school basketball team, Don would suddenly burst out rapping while playing his role as the team’s captain.
Don Benjamin as of this writing is dating Liane Valenzuela – the popular social media influencer. The duo hit it off in 2015 and are known to constantly pack in the PDA. After they took the decision to document the progress of their relationship, they joined forces on the 31st of October 2017, to launch a YouTube channel Forever Us with the debut video titled Welcome To Our Channel shared immediately.
The video opens with the love birds explaining the reason for setting up a joint YouTube account. The channel has grown to over 67 K subscribers and more than 1.8 million views. In January 2019 Don and Liane released No One which he later included in his first EP.
After playing the role of Ariana Grande’s lover in her music video Into You, rumors ran rife that the duo was dating, especially with the on-screen chemistry which appeared rather intense. However, Don himself came up with a rebuttal confirming that it was just on a professional basis and nothing to get excited about.
Don Benjamin’s Net Worth
The model’s annual income has never been published, and perhaps, that is why his net worth comes in variation across online sources. While some speculate it to be as high as $40 million, others peg it at $20 million.
Don Benjamin is a tall guy of athletic build, standing at 6 feet 1 inch with a matching body weight of 85 kg. The measurements for his chest waist and biceps are listed as 42-33-15 inches. Being of African American origin means that his hair will come in black color, however, Don has very beautiful green eyes.
Social Media Profile
Over the years, Don Benjamin has come to achieve mainstream fame which is reflected in his following on many social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook where he has garnered over 195 k, 2.2 million and 469 k fans in that order.
He is also renowned as a YouTuber with a self-titled channel, recording over 453k views and 21k subscribers. He created his YouTube channel on the 2nd of May 2011 but his debut video was posted on the 16th of December 2013.