Meet America’s Next Top Model Winner, NyleDiMarco, who is a model, actor and a deaf activist. He grew up in a deaf community which made him comfortable being differently abled. He did not let all of this to stop him from achieving his dreams.
1) He is the first deaf and second male winner of America’s Next Top Model.
I am still at a loss for words. I won! I WON!! I am AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL! AND THE LAST WINNER AND WHO HAPPENS TO BE DEAF! I remember this photoshoot with Tyra like it was yesterday. I was extremely nervous as @tyrabanks prepped up for the shoot with me. However as soon as we worked together, our energy quickly formed and multiplied. We kept moving and moving in perfect synchronicity that not even advanced calculus could solve. It was amazing. I’m keeping this photo and experience forever in my heart. Thank you Tyra. Thank you ANTM. Thank you Miss J, Kelly, and Yu Tsai for believing in me and giving me the voice! I will never disappoint you all and I will keep thriving! I LOVE YOU ALL.
2) He went to Gallaudet University and graduated with a degree in Mathematics.
Nyle said in an interview that his university is a part of his identity although his shifted his career from what he studied.
3) An agency contacted him to be a part of America’s next top model
On being asked how he became a part of America’s Next Top Model, he said, a website models.com approached him after looking at his social media account. The agency wanted him to audition for it as he’s got good looks.
4) He views deafness as an advantage in modeling
He uses American Sign Language and finds it very visual. He thinks modeling requires a lot of that too as you have to convey a story through it.
5) He takes modeling as networking opportunity
He is of the opinion that modeling gives him the opportunity to work with various photographers and producers which him improve his skills.
6) His goal is to show to it the world that deaf people can too be whatever they want to be.
He thinks that seeing him doing all this will give confidence to the deaf community who’s talented enough to achieve their dreams.
7) He started NyleDiMarco Foundation in 2016.
He started his non-profit organization to help deaf people get better life opportunities. He was overjoyed with happiness when he won the Mirror Ball.
I CANT BELIEVE IT! WE WON THE MIRROR BALL!
— Nyle DiMarco (@NyleDiMarco) May 25, 2016
You can watch the interview here:
He interacts with his fans through these social media accounts: