Marvin Cortes is opening up about his sexuality and living his most authentic life.
"I want to let you know that I'm coming out as openly bisexual. I've been in love with both men and women," Cortes said in a heartfelt, 11-minute coming-out video he posted to Instagram TV in early August. "I've been proud to be a part of the gay community in my personal life, and I just want to share it now publicly online."
"I've never been happier, and I look forward to living more of an authentic life and sharing that with you."
"This is who I am, and who I want to be," he wrote in the caption of his video. "I love you all, and am proud to be part of this community."
Most notable for competing in Tyra Banks' wildly popular reality modeling competition America's Next Top Model, Cortes placed second on 20th cycle of the show, which ran on The CW back in 2013. He made series history as the first male contestant to place as the runner-up and went on to publish his own book, Don't Waste Your Looks on Likes.
And he isn't the only ANTM alum who came out this year!
Model-turned-actor Lio Tipton opened up about their sexuality and gender identity and came out as queer and nonbinary in a moving Instagram picture back in June for Pride Month.
Tipton (who finished third in Cycle 11 of ANTM and who co-starred alongside Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in the 2011 romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love) shared that their pronouns are now they/them, and that they proudly identify as a queer, nonbinary member of the LGBTQ+ community.
You're in good company, Marvin! Congrats, and welcome to the family!