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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.

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