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Nyle DiMarco

Nyle DiMarco

American model, actor, and activist
Nyle DiMarco
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Intro American model, actor, and activist
Is Model Actor Television actor Militant
From United States of America
Type Activism Fashion Film, TV, Stage & Radio Military
Gender male
Birth 8 May 1989, Queens, New York City, New York, USA
Age 31 years
Star sign Taurus
Stats
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 77 kg
Education
Gallaudet University
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Biography

Nyle DiMarco (born May 8, 1989) is an American model, actor, and deaf activist. 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.

Background

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 but he uses English fluently in writing. Nyle also gets by with lip reading and nonverbal communication. He has a fraternal twin brother, Nico, and an older brother, Neal.

Career

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 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. Later on, he appeared on Tóc Tiên's music video for "Big Girls Don't Cry" in January and Alex Newell's music video for "Basically Over You (BOY)" in March.

In June 2016, DiMarco walked for Giorgio Armani at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017.

DiMarco was featured on DIVERSEability Magazine's 2017 Summer issue. He was also honored as DEAF LIFE Magazine's "Deaf Person of the Year" (January 2017 issue).

DiMarco played the lead role in Dan + Shay's "Tequila" music video, which premiered in February 2018.

Dancing with the Stars performances

Dimarco was partnered with professional ballroom dancer Peta Murgatroyd on the 22nd season of the ABC televised dance competition Dancing with the Stars.

Dimarco was the show's second deaf contestant, the first being Marlee Matlin in 2008.

Week # Dance / Song Judges' scores Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-cha-cha/"Cake by the Ocean" 8 7 8 No Elimination
2 Rumba/"Stole the Show" 7 6 7 Safe
3 Tango/"Verge" 8 8 9 Safe
4 Samba/"Trashin' the Camp" 8 8/9 9 Safe
5 Viennese Waltz/"I Get to Love You" 9 10/10 10 No Elimination
6 Quickstep/"Hey! Pachuco!" 8 8 9 Safe
7 Foxtrot / "Beautiful Day" 10 9 10 Safe
8 Paso Doble/"Victorious"
Team Argentine Tango/"Habanera"
10
10
9
10
10
9
Safe
9
Trio Jive/"Hit the Road Jack"
Argentine tango/"Unsteady"
9
10
9
10
9
10
Safe
10
Quickstep/"S.O.B."
Freestyle/"The Sound of Silence"
Cha-cha-cha & Tango Fusion/"Summer"
9
10
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
WON

Score by guest judge Zendaya.

This week only, for "Partner Switch-Up" week, DiMarco performed with Sharna Burgess instead of Murgatroyd. Murgatroyd performed with Doug Flutie.

Score by guest judge Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

Due to Tonioli being the judge coaching DiMarco's team during the team-up dance, the viewers scored the dance in his place with the averaged score being counted alongside the remaining judges.

Personal life

In October 2015, DiMarco came out as "sexually fluid" when asked during an interview with Out magazine about his sexuality..

Activism

DiMarco does not consider himself 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 communicating without speaking. He believes deaf actors should play deaf roles.

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 ASL.

In 2016, DiMarco started The Nyle DiMarco Foundation, a non-profit organization providing 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, "[T]here are 55 million disabled people living in America. I don't want a president who marginalizes my community."

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 09 Jun 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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