Nyle DiMarco, a deaf model who rose to fame when he was crowned “America’s Next Top Model,” once again proved that not only can Deaf people do anything, but they can look amazing doing it.
DiMarco and his professional dancing partner, Peta Murgatroyd, took the “Dancing with the Stars” title on show’s finale Tuesday.
“This is such an amazing feeling,” Murgatroyd said following the win. “I owe everything to [DiMarco].”
I CANT BELIEVE IT! WE WON THE MIRROR BALL!
— Nyle DiMarco (@NyleDiMarco) May 25, 2016
The pair’s final performance, in which they danced to Disturbed’s take on Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence,” was one of the most powerful, although they were fan favorites throughout the show.
‘In 22 seasons that is the best dance I have ever seen,’ judge Carrie Ann said after their final dance.
His “Dancing with the Stars” debut came just months after he won the 22nd season of “America’s Next Top Model,” becoming the first Deaf contestant and winner in the history of the modeling competition.
“I hope my win helped shatter misconceptions about Deaf people,” he said in an interview with MTV following his ANTM win. “I hope my win will make people realize that we’re as normal as can be. I also hope my win will inspire Deaf people to do whatever they want to do in life! The possibilities are endless.”
DiMarco is also an advocate for the Deaf and hearing loss community, and has his own non-profit, the Nyle DiMarco Foundation, which aims to improve the lives of every Deaf person in the world, by “improve(ing) access to accurate, research-based information about early language acquisition–specifically, the bilingual education approach. Through the early intervention process, the child’s language and literacy development should be the focal point.”