Nyle DiMarco is an actor, model and spokesman. A native New Yorker, DiMarco happens to be fourth generation Deaf. DiMarco was doing freelance modeling for about a year before he was contacted by America's Next Top Model producers in 2015. They scouted the 25-year-old via his Instagram account without realizing he was deaf. He was named the winner of the season as the only deaf male contestant in the show's history, and the second male to ever win. He views deafness as an advantage in modeling because he is accustomed to conveying messages without speaking. DiMarco starred in, and won the most recent Season of the Emmy nominated ABC series Dancing with the Stars. He is the only deaf dancer ever to win in the show’s 22 season history.
DiMarco does not consider himself to be disabled by deafness and he sees his media profile as an opportunity to bring awareness to Deaf culture. He is a spokesperson for LEAD-K, Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids. Additionally DiMarco is a signer and creative collaborator on The ASL App, an app that teaches conversational ASL. DiMarco is passionate about literacy, anti-bullying campaigns and advocacy within the Deaf Community.