America's Next Top Model's First Deaf Contestant: 'I Want to Change the World's Perspective on Deafness'
Nyle DiMarco fits the bill of an America's Next Top Model contestant – he's gorgeous, tall and knows how to pose for the camera – but unlike the other contestants competing for the title on cycle 22, he's Deaf.
"Being Deaf did not give me any hesitation to be a part of the show," he tells PEOPLE. "In fact, I was thrilled. I saw it as an opportunity to not only become a supermodel, but to change the world's perspective on Deafness."
Growing up, DiMarco, 25, says he was "teased a little bit" for his inability to hear.