The Huff The Blog
By Lydia L. Callis
The Final Season of America's Next Top Model concluded in a monumental way with Nyle DiMarco, the show's first ever Deaf contestant, overcoming all obstacles to win the competition. Smashing through stereotypes and assumptions, DiMarco proved to mainstream audiences that people who are Deaf can do anything they set their minds to. More than that, however, fans of ANTM were exposed to a side of deafness they may have never experienced. Throughout the season, viewers came to see DiMarco as a complex human with his own ambitions, passions, and vulnerabilities— qualities not commonly associated with deafness in the media.