Nyle DiMarco, the 27-year-old deaf, sexually fluid America’s Next Top Model winner who dazzled America and the Dancing With the Stars judges with near flawless performances week after week this season, reined in another win last night and walked away with the coveted Mirrorball trophy.
DiMarco emerged as a top competitor early on this season, and even though it was obvious he would be the one to take the competition during last night’s live finale, it didn’t make the crowning moment any less emotional.
“This is such an amazing feeling,” Nyle’s dance partner Peta Murgatroyd said before the couple hoisted the trophy in the air. “This whole thing has been so incredible because of this man. I owe everything to him.”
DiMarco has used his platform to raise awareness for the deaf community, discussed his advocacy work in a celebratory post on Facebook this morning.
“This is for 70 million of Deaf people in the world!” he wrote. “This is for all the Deaf kids suffering language deprivation”:
On Instagram, he posted a shot of himself and Peta showing the Mirrorball a little love:
Congratulations, Nyle and Peta!
Check out the crowning moment below: