While it’s easy to brush off America’s Next Top Model in its 22nd cycle(!), there’s one very hunky reason to still watch: Nyle DiMarco.
In fact, this cycle has been fun to watch as the guys -- an addition to the competition in cycle 20 -- have been bringing the drama, as well as the sex appeal.
DiMarco is one the show’s leading contestants, standing at 6’2” with piercing blue eyes and washboard abs. He also happens to be deaf, which Tyra Banks and others initially thought of as a possible hindrance. But over the course of the competition, the 26-year-old model has shown that it’s actually a benefit. DiMarco tells ET that reading body language comes naturally to him, helping him understand how to pose with his body.
He can also shut out all the unending fights that take place in the house each week. “Fortunately, I'm deaf, so I don't have to hear all of their drama,” says DiMarco, staying above the fray that often comes back to Banks’ Ty-Overs. “I just want to say that you all are complaining about hair, hair, hair. Am I complaining about my deafness? No, I am not.”
When it comes to his best assets, Banks and fellow judge (and PR maven) Kelly Cutrone have taken notice of his abs and waist, often asking him to remove his shirt during panel. And DiMarco totally understands. “My sexiest feature is my body,” he says, adding, “I work out a lot.”
Though, when asked about his “best” body part, he’s says it’s “my eyes.”
While we didn’t ask DiMarco to remove his shirt -- trust us, we wanted to -- we did ask him to sign a few of our favorite Top Model phrases. Scroll through the GIFs to learn how to smize -- just don’t get lost in his eyes while doing so:
Our short tutorial is nothing compared to what DiMarco goes through on a daily basis, having to teach his fellow contestants basic American Sign Language in order to communicate. Watch a preview from an upcoming episode of ANTM in which DiMarco’s housemates learn ASL phrases.
America's Next Top Model airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on CW.