Who is Don Benjamin?

Don Benjamin was born on 5 May 1987 under the zodiac sign of Taurus, in Chicago, Illinois USA. He is a 34-year-old actor, musician, model, and reality TV personality, probably best recognized for being a finalist in the 20th season of the reality show “America’s Next Top Model”. He is also a social media phenomenon, who runs his Instagram account with more than two million followers, as well as his official TikTok account with over 680,000 followers.

How rich is he, as of now? Don Benjamin Net Worth

As of mid-2021, Don Benjamin’s net worth is estimated at over $20 million, earned through his successful involvement in the entertainment industry. He also increases his wealth through the sales of his line of merchandise.

Early Life, Parents, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity, Educational Background

Don Benjamin is the son of Don Walls, an actor of African-American descent, and an unnamed Irish-American mother. He spent most of his early years in his hometown of Chicago before he moved with his mother and his a sister named Brooke around the US, and they eventually settled down in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Regarding his education, Don matriculated from Brooklyn Center High School, and while there he played basketball, and was the captain of their team.

Rise to Fame as a Model and “America’s Next Top Model”

Don Benjamin started his modeling career in 2005 when he moved to Los Angeles, California.

In no time he made a name for himself in the industry, but his big break came when he made his debut TV appearance in the 20th season of the highly popular reality show “America’s Next Top Model”, which follows Tyra Banks in the search from 16 aspiring models. The eleventh season premiered on 2 August 2013 on The CW, and Don received positive critiques for his appearance, finishing in eighth place after being eliminated in Episode 11. Following this exposure on the show, Don Benjamin signed to Wilhelmina Models, and began receiving offers to collaborate with various fashion brands. So far, he has featured in ads for Guess, Tilly’s, Pink Dolphin, True Religion, and Moods of Norway, among many others.

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Continued Success and “Scared Famous”

In 2017, Don Benjamin continued his career as a reality TV star when he was invited to participate in the horror reality TV series “Scared Famous”. He had to move to live in a haunted house located in Savannah, Georgia, and complete various challenges inspired by horror movies to win a prize of up to $100,000. He competed with other nine celebrities, including Alaska Thunderfuck, Safaree Samuels, and Tiffany ‘New York’ Pollard. Don eventually won the competition and donated the prize to the Peace Over Violence charity organization which raises awareness of sexual, domestic and interpersonal violence.

Career as an Actor

Side by side with modeling, Don Benjamin tried himself in the world of acting. He wrote and starred as Zombieland King in the short musical “Welcome To Zombieland” in 2012. Two years later, he made a guest appearance as Avery in an episode of the crime TV series “One”, and landed the role of Nathan in the thriller “Matthew 18”. It was followed by his portrayal of Jason in the drama “Supermodel” in 2015, then in the next year he featured in the music video for Ariana Grande’s song “Into You”.

Thereafter, Don played Jaron in the 2018 horror film “Judgement”, and appeared in the role of a nervous guy in the 2019 short comedy “CIROC: What Men Want”.

In 2020, he was in the music video for Will Jordan’s song “Back To Me”, and most recently he was cast as Maxey in the drama TV series “On Deck” (2021). It is announced that he will play Immaculate in the upcoming drama “3am in Hollywood”, and Cameron in another upcoming drama, entitled “North Of The 10”, for which he will also serve as an executive producer.

Music Career and Books

In 2012, Don Benjamin started pursuing a career in the music industry, when he collaborated with Photronique on the song “Across The Sky”. The same year, he released his debut single entitled “Real”. Over the years he’s presented such songs as “Already Know”, “Tonight”, and “Niggas Be Wildin”, to name a few.

His debut EP, entitled “M.P.L.S.”, out came in 2018, featuring five songs, including “Plane Jane”, “Millions”, and “Doin’ Something”. In 2020, he released the single “Static”.

Don Benjamin has also published two books, “My Truth” (2020) and “My Time Is Now: 31 Daily Affirmations To Fast Track A Life Of Abundance” (2021).

Social Media Scene, Merchandise Line, and Modeling Course

Don Benjamin is also known as a social media star; on his Instagram account he shares his photos from photoshoots and his private life, and promotes his projects. He recently enlarged his fan base through TikTok, on which you can find him under the username ‘itsdonbenjamin’.

He is also active on Twitter, and has a Facebook page. He’s even launched his self-titled YouTube channel, and started filming videos related to fashion, music, lifestyle, etc., and runs his website through which he sells his books and merchandise line, including hoodies, t-shirts, pants and hats. Finally, he’s even launched a modeling school, with such courses as “Don Benjamin’s Modeling 101”.

Appearance and Vital Statistics

Don Benjamin has short dark brown hair and green eyes. He stands at a height of 6ft (1.83m), while his weight is around 187lbs (85kgs), with vital statistics of 42-33-15; his shoe size isn’t available. He is a tattoo lover, and has many all over his body.

Relationship with Liane Valenzuela

Don Benjamin became romantically involved with social media star, singer and model Liane Valenzuela in 2015. After dating for two years, the couple launched their collaborative YouTube channel under the username ‘Forever Us’, to document their relationship. They started filming various contents, such as cooking and travel videos, challenges, Q&A, etc. The couple quickly gained a large fan base.

In August 2019, Don and Liane took a step closer to marriage when he proposed to her, at her birthday party. Then in early 2020 they announced their split, but happily they eventually renewed their romance, and are still going strong. The couple’s current residence is in Los Angeles.

Author

Robbie is currently a reporter for TheBiography based in Santa Monica, CA. Prior to joining TheBiography in December 2020, he was an entertainment reporter in People.

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