He’s not only the first deaf winner in it’s 22nd-season history but also its first LGBTI winner.
Nyle Di Marco with partner Peta Murgatroyd
Nyle DiMarco has made history as Dancing With The Stars’ first LGBTI winner.
Also the most recent winner of America’s Next Top Model, the sexually fluid star is also the show’s first deaf winner in its 22-season history.
One of his final dances, along with professional partner Peta Murgatroyd, was a beautiful freestyle routine to Distubed’s Sounds of Silence.
Judge Carrie Ann Inaba called it simply ‘the best dance I have ever seen … in 22 seasons.’
She also said: ‘What was so profound about it is not only do I see a man who wants to prove that he can dance … but I also see a man that is proving he can change the world through dance.’
Following his win, DiMarco said: ‘I really wanted to connect with the audience and teach them what it really means to be deaf.
While DiMarco is the first LGBTI winner of Dancing With The Stars, he is not the first worldwide. Anton Hysén, the openly gay Swedish footballer, won the seventh season of the Swedish version in 2012.