The judges have deliberated, and America’s next top model is…
The 26-year-old model becomes the second male winner of the
series -- following Keith Carlos, who won cycle 21 -- and the only deaf
contestant to compete on the reality competition show. He’s also the final model to
land on top after creator and host Tyra Banks announced the series’
cancellation midway through the cycle.
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From the beginning of cycle 22, the judges -- Banks, Kelly Cutrone,
and J. Alexander -- and other contestants made a big deal about his hearing,
but being deaf didn’t seem to be a disadvantage. In fact, DiMarco said it
helped him in the competition.
“The biggest advantage of me being deaf is that my language
requires me to move my body,” DiMarco told ET in September, “so it's easy for
me to show movement in my body and brings the best of me in photographs.”
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DiMarco quickly became a fan favorite thanks to his
washboard abs, piercing blue eyes and charming persona. But he also delivered fierce
photos each week, winning two elimination challenges and only landing in the bottom two once.