Nyle DiMarco became the last ever winner in the final season of “America’s Next Top Model” in the finale episode on Dec. 4.
DiMarco, 26, was an early fan favorite of the season as the first deaf contestant on the show. He told People that he was excited to be the first deaf contestant on the show and the winner.
“Being a deaf person on a television show alone is pretty groundbreaking, so it felt incredible just to be on the show – but to win it was amazing,” DiMarco says.
DiMarco came out as “sexually fluid” in a tweet earlier this year. In response to a fan who asked “boys or girls?” DiMarco replied “fluid” and linked to an article about fluid sexuality from “Everyday Feminism.”
Born in Queens, N.Y., DiMarco was later raised in Frederick, Md. and graduated from Gallaudet University in D.C. He also appeared in a guest role on the ABC Family drama “Switched at Birth,” that features many deaf characters and storylines.
“America’s Next Top Model” has not been re-newed for another season.