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The deaf model wanted fans to know what it’s like to dance without music, because he’s proud of everything he’s accomplished, and he wants them to understand why he’s happy in a world without sound.
“I’ve never wanted to hear,” the 27-year-old told People. “That’s never existed in my life. I’m happy!”
The America’s Next Top Model Cycle 22 winner comes from a family with over 25 deaf members, including his parents, grandparents, great grandparents, and twin brother. So it’s no surprise that he was very involved in the deaf community growing up.
“If I’d been born into a hearing family and went to a public school, I would have probably felt much more isolated, and being deaf would have become my identity,” he reflected. “Since I knew my deaf identity since birth, it wasn’t hard for me to be comfortable, confident and independent in a hearing world.”
Now, Nyle is using his fame to introduce the world to his community, both through his own story and through his foundation, the Nyle DiMarco Foundation, which advocates for parents of deaf children to teach their kids ASL whether or not they are planning to also use cochlear implants or hearing aids.
We think it’s safe to say this guy is proving to the world that being deaf doesn’t have to stop you from doing anything — not even dancing!