Katelynn Cusanelli
Challenger Profile
Original Series RW: Brooklyn
Born February 15, 1984 (1984-02-15) (age 34)
Hometown West Palm Beach, Florida
The Challenge Career
Seasons Fresh Meat II
Eliminations 1 (1 loss)
Social Media
Twitter k8mnstr


Fresh Meat II

Bio: After an eye-opening season on Real World: Brooklyn, Katelynn continued drawing awareness to transgender issues through a college lecture circuit and by joining the Human Rights Campaign as a spokesperson. But her good works haven't muted her Fresh Meat II ambitions, as she declares, "I'm not here to educate. I'm here to win!" Often walking the fine line between outspoken and abrasive, she might hit a snag as she wades through the treacherous waters of Challenge social dynamics for the first time. We'll see if this brain has enough brawn to survive the physical rigors of the challenges!

Episode Challenge Partner Result
1 Dirty Mouth Brandon SAFE
2 I'll Be There For You SAFE
3 Water Logged SAFE
4 King of the Wall DQ

Note: Katelynn and Brandon were disqualified after Brandon consumed alcohol prior to the Exile. It had been implied, though, that Katelynn would have been physically incapable of competing after she suffered a severe knee injury during the "King of the Wall" challenge.


Bio: One of the most colorful characters from Real World: Brooklyn, Katelynn is back for her second Challenge, and this time she's determined to prove herself. But we'll see how she does when paired with her rival, a sometimes bossy player who has accused her of being "no Olympic athlete." Katelynn is the first to admit that she has her weaknesses, "I don't do so well at heights and I have a deathly fear of water. And I'm not good at most sports." However, Katelynn insists that her intelligence has made her a go-to puzzle solver and that her martial arts skills will ensure that she is a force to be reckoned with.

Episode Challenge Partner Result
1 High Dive Sarah SAFE
2 Car Crusher SAFE
3 Sync or Swim SAFE
4 Hammock Crawl SAFE
5 Against the Current OUT



Episode Jungle Partner Opponents Result
5 Unburied OUT



  • Katelynn was the first and only openly transgender individual to compete on The Challenge.
Fresh Meat II Cast Members
LandonFM2Icon CarleyFM2Icon
KennyFM2Icon LaurelFM2Icon
JillianFM2Icon PeteFM2Icon
JennFM2Icon NoorFM2Icon
RyanFM2Icon TheresaFM2Icon
EvelynFM2Icon LukeFM2Icon
WesFM2Icon MandiFM2Icon
CJFM2Icon SydneyFM2Icon
DannyFM2Icon SandyFM2Icon
KatelynnFM2Icon BrandonFM2Icon
Katelynn & Brandon
PaulaFM2Icon JeffFM2Icon
SarahFM2Icon VinnyFM2Icon
DarrellFM2Icon CaraMariaFM2Icon
Fourth Place
Rivals Cast Members
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EvelynRivalsIcon PaulaRivalsIcon
KennyRivalsIcon WesRivalsIcon
CaraMariaRivalsIcon LaurelRivalsIcon
LeroyRivalsIcon MichaelRivalsIcon
JennRivalsIcon MandiRivalsIcon
AdamKRivalsIcon CTRivalsIcon
JasmineRivalsIcon JonnaRivalsIcon
EvanRivalsIcon NehemiahRivalsIcon
KatelynnRivalsIcon SarahRivalsIcon
Katelynn & Sarah
BrandonRivalsIcon TyRivalsIcon
CamilaRivalsIcon TheresaRivalsIcon
DavisRivalsIcon TyrieRivalsIcon
AneesaRivalsIcon RobinRivalsIcon
Finalist (Disqualified)