Bank of America has chosen former America’s Next Top Model contestant Kim Stolz to head up its U.S. prime brokerage sales team. The 34-year-old lesbian previously led Bank of America’s equity derivatives hedge fund sales for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
The company fired former brokerage head Omeed Malik in January after allegations by sexual misconduct by numerous female subordinates.
Even in an industry that’s largely male-dominated, Stolz says she feels comfortable at Bank of America, which received a 75 on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index: “It promotes an LGBT-inclusive culture that makes me feel extremely proud to be who I am.”
— BofAML (@BofAML) February 12, 2018
Stolz, who came in fifth place on ANTM Cycle 5, grew up in New York and earned a B.A.in international politics from Wesleyan University. During her time on the show, she made a splash after kissing fellow contestant Sarah Rhoades in a limo and making out with her in bed. Stolz, who was open about her sexuality on ANTM, was criticized for having a “masculine” appearance.
“I think that a lot of people were very quick to merge my sexuality and gender,” she told AfterEllen.com “And that made them scrutinize my masculinity a whole lot more than they would otherwise.”
After the show, Stolz worked for MTV News for four years before joining the Citi team in 2012, and then Bank of America in 2014.
In 2012, she opened The Dalloway, a now-defunct lesbian bar in Manhattan named after the title character in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway. “It’s a vision I’ve had for years,” she told Queerty at the time.
“I found myself wanting somewhere to go in the community where the focus wasn’t primarily hooking up and drinking. Here people come, have a drink downstairs, hang out with friends—and then instead of leaving for a diner, they can head upstairs again.”
America’s Next Top Model airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on VH1.