As the weeks passed, the producers should have really just changed the name of Dancing With the Stars to Nyle DiMarco Slays Everyone and No One Complains.
The 27-year-old deaf model and actor took home the Mirrorball trophy with dancing partner Peta Murgatroyd during the competition’s finale May 24.
This is DiMarco's second TV competition win, after gaining national fame for dominating the 22nd and final cycle of America’s Next Top Model.
DiMarco has turned his reality-show fame and created a platform for advocating for deaf and hearing-impaired people everywhere. Several of his most memorable performances—including his freelance dance to Disturbed’s cover of “The Sound of Silence"—were inspired by his life as a deaf man.
He dedicated his win to the deaf community on Facebook.
“This is for 70 million of deaf people in the world!” he wrote. “Winning this is a HUGE step to ending LANGUAGE DEPRIVATION of millions.