Nyle DiMarco is currently a celebrity contestant on season 22 of Dancing with the Stars. He was the first, and so far the only deaf contestant to ever compete and win America’s Next Top Model. For many, Nyle is a new face to the entertainment world and want to know more. He is a model, actor and activist that is taking the world by storm. Here are five things we didn’t know about the gorgeous new superstar:
Nyle comes from a deaf family with his parents, brothers, and his grandparents all born deaf. When he was young, his parents divorced and his mother raised him and his two brothers alone. Having been deaf all his life, Nyle views his deafness as an advantage in modeling and sees it as an opportunity to raise awareness to the deaf culture. He stated that it is almost like he is not deaf, because it has never stopped him from being successful. Not ever! He also works towards deaf roles being played by deaf actors. He is the spokesperson for LEAD-K (Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids). Nyle also collaborated on an app that teaches conversational ASL.
Nyle is not just a pretty face. He graduated from Gallaudet University which is the only Liberal Arts University in the world for the deaf. Since then, he worked as an actor and freelance model.
At 27 years old, Nyle is a twin. His brother is also deaf (a red head) and loves hip hop and has a DJ business. He said that his brother loves to dance and tried to teach him when they were growing up. Instead of learning to dance, Nyle chose to play sports. Now, he says that is paying for it but gets encouragement from his family every day. He wants to prove that deaf people can dance.
Recently, Nyle spoke about identifying as sexually fluid when asked by a Twitter follower if he preferred males of females. He responded that he is “fluid” and also shared an article link in Everyday Feminism magazine. The article explained that sexually fluid people are attracted to both genders and feel their attraction shifts depending on intimacy or hormone changes. Dancing with the Stars can be used as a platform to talk about these things. People begin to listen to topics and begin to have conversations that would otherwise be ignored.
Nyle took time off from Dancing with the Stars to appear in a new video by Alex Newell entitled, “B.O.Y.” In the video, Alex is getting revenge on an ex, played by Nyle. He flexed his muscles and winning smile but fans wanted him to flex more of his body! Plan to see Nyle in more music videos and even movies.
Very active on his Twitter and Facebook pages, Nyle is dedicated to being an advocate and voice for the deaf. He wants to be a role model and show the world that just because you are deaf doesn’t mean that you cannot achieve your dreams and goals.