ANTM's Newest Deaf Contestant Makes Noise
Tyra Bank's hit television show, "America's Next Top Model" aired its 22nd cycle on Wednesday August 5, 2015. One anticipated contestant in particular caught everyone's attention. Nyle DiMarco, 25, is the show's first deaf contestant. The competition has recently shown how much it embraces diversity within the modeling community. Aside from DiMarco, this is not the first time the show has chosen contestants that challenge the 'norm' within the industry. Last season, the show had contestant Chantelle Brown-Young, their first model with the skin discoloration disorder Vitigilo.
Although DiMarco is the newest contestant, he seem's to be among one of the favorites, as America is eager to watch him overcome industry standards. In a recent interview with People Magazine, DiMarco explained why he doesn't see being deaf as a disadvantage. "I strongly believe that being Deaf gives me a huge advantage because my native language, American Sign Language, requires the use of facial expressions and body language expressions. It helps to bring out stories when I am modeling for a photo," DiMarco said. He also reaffirmed his confidence adding, "Being Deaf did not give me any hesitation to be a part of the show. In fact, I was thrilled. I saw it as an opportunity to not only become a supermodel, but to change the world's perspective on Deafness." It is safe to say that the audience awaits to see what he will bring to the table. The show will air every Wednesday night at 8 p.m. on CW.
His casting video can be seen below