“This is for 70 million Deaf people around the world”
The whole world is celebrating Nyle DiMarco’s win on America’s Dancing with the Stars.
Nyle, a model, and activist for the Deaf community, has shown the world that being Deaf does not need to be a barrier to anything, even winning the world’s biggest dance competition.
On accepting his prize Nyle made a special thankyou to the Deaf community, and dedicated his win to them. Answering reporters in sign language, Nyle told the world that the Sound Barrier can be broken.
During his amazing performance the 27-year-old danced a thrilling paso doble that went silent for several bars – allowing the audience to understand what he experiences when he’s dancing. Fittingly, Nyle brought home the win to the song “The Sound of Silence”.
If you haven’t seen his awesome performance yet, you can watch it here.
Nyle said the reason why he’d made it so far was to honour 70 million deaf people world wide, who like him, lived in silence.
He said being part of the Deaf community inspired him weekly to win.
“It’s not really about me, it’s about the 70 million deaf people in this world and it’s just what’s been on mind. I really feel like this is for the deaf community and I’m happy I was able to contribute more,” he told E News after the win
Nyle, who rose to fame after winning America’s Next Top Model, said he was thrilled he could use his new found fame to educate the world more about the Deafness and the Deaf community.