Nyle DiMarco will do the job of the America's Next Top Model contestant – he's gorgeous, tall and understands how to pose for that camera – but unlike another participants competing for that title on cycle 22, he's Hard of hearing.
"Being Hard of hearing didn't produce any hesitation to take part in the show, " he informs PEOPLE. "Actually, I had been thrilled. I first viewed it being an chance not only to be a supermodel, but to alter the earth's perspective on Deafness."
Becoming an adult, DiMarco, 25, states he was "taunted a bitInch for his lack of ability to listen to.
"People would sometimes call me 'hearing impaired' once they learned that almost all Hard of hearing people would rather be known as Hard of hearing, " he states. "Calling us 'hearing impaired' is offensive since it informs us that we're damaged, whenever we think that we are able to do anything whatsoever except hear."
"I strongly think that being Hard of hearing provides me with an enormous advantage because my native language, American Sign Language, requires using facial expressions and body gestures expressions, " he states. "It will help to create out tales after i am modeling for any photo."
The Top Model hopeful used an interpreter to assist communicate throughout photo shoots and knowing sections, however, many occasions throughout filming, he was by himself.
"It's a reality show, therefore it is more realistic that i can attempt the difficulties without interpreters, like I actually do in tangible existence, " he states.
DiMarco hopes his time on the program can help launch a effective modeling and acting career also, he really wants to earn a masters degree.
"I've got a large amount of projects in your mind, " he states. "I simply need to narrow them lower and find out things i actually want to do and get.Inch