Nyle DiMarco (born 1989) is a 6'3" American model, actor, and Deaf
activist. In 2015, when asked about his sexual orientation, he said he
was "gender fluid." Isn't that a brand of personal lubricant?
In 2015, DiMarco was the second male winner and the first deaf winner of The CW's America's Next Top Model Cycle 22. The following year, he won season 22 of the ABC televised dance competition Dancing with the Stars, with professional dance partner Peta Murgatroyd. He was the show's second deaf contestant, the first being Marlee Matlin, and the first deaf winner.
DiMarco was born Nyle Thompson, explaining in 2016 that at some unspecified point, "We changed our last name from Thompson to DiMarco (our mother's maiden name)." DiMarco grew up in Frederick, Maryland, where he attended the Maryland School for the Deaf, and went on to graduate from Gallaudet University in 2013, with a degree in mathematics. American Sign Language (ASL) is his native language and he also gets by with lip reading and nonverbal communication. He has a fraternal twin brother, Nico, and an older brother, Neal. His twin brother has red hair and looks nothing like him. Uh oh, different cable guys? No they shared a womb!
In 2013, DiMarco had a leading role in the independent film In the Can, an American Sign Language Films production. In 2014 and 2015, he played the recurring role of Garrett Banducci in Switched at Birth on the Freeform network. DiMarco in 2015 for 2(x)ist DiMarco was doing freelance modeling for about a year before he was contacted by America's Next Top Model producers in 2015. They scouted him via his social media without realizing he was deaf. He was named the winner of the season after beating out Mamé Adjei in the season finale. He is the only deaf contestant in the show's history, and the second male to win.
Shortly after winning the competition, DiMarco signed with Wilhelmina Models in New York City. On March 8, 2016, DiMarco was announced as one of the celebrities who would compete on season 22 of Dancing with the Stars. He was partnered with professional dancer Peta Murgatroyd. DiMarco is the second deaf contestant to compete on the show (see Marlee Matlin). On May 24, 2016, DiMarco and Murgatroyd were announced as the winners of the season. In 2016, DiMarco appeared in the Hulu comedy series Difficult People. In June 2016, DiMarco walked for Giorgio Armani at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017.
DiMarco does not consider himself to be disabled by deafness and sees his media profile as an opportunity to bring awareness to deaf culture. He views deafness as an advantage in modeling because he is accustomed to conveying messages without speaking. He also holds the belief that deaf roles should be played by deaf actors. DiMarco is a spokesperson for LEAD-K (Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids). He is also a signer and creative collaborator on The ASL App, an app that teaches conversational ASL.
In 2016, DiMarco started The Nyle DiMarco Foundation. It is a non-profit organization with the purpose of providing more access to resources for deaf children and their families. DiMarco supported Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign during the 2016 U.S. election. He criticized Republican nominee Donald Trump, after reports surfaced of ableist comments, one directed at deaf actress Marlee Matlin. DiMarco stated, “There are 55 million disabled people living in America. I don’t want a president who marginalizes my community.”
|NYLE DIMARCO GOES FREESTYLE ON DANCING WITH THE STARS
Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd Freestyle dance to "The Sound Of Silence" by Disturbed on the Dancing with the Stars' Season 22 Finals.