America's Next Top Model's First Deaf Contestant: 'I Want to Change the World's Perspective on Deafness'

Nyle DiMarco fits the bill of an America’s Next Top Model contestant – he’s gorgeous, tall and knows how to pose for the camera – but unlike the other contestants competing for the title on cycle 22, he’s Deaf.

“Being Deaf did not give me any hesitation to be a part of the show,” he tells PEOPLE. “In fact, I was thrilled. I saw it as an opportunity to not only become a supermodel, but to change the world’s perspective on Deafness.”

Tyra Banks' 9 Most Tyra Banks-ian Moments on America's Next Top Model

With 21 cycles of America’s Next Top Model under her designer belt, Tyra Banks has definitely had her fair share of glorious moments, from the first smize to last year’s final Ty-overs (not to mention how she unflinchingly reinvents the English language in new ways each cycle).

Below, our picks for the most epically, well, Tyra moments in ANTM history.

Model Chantelle Winnie on Childhood Bullying: 'Kids Called Me a Cow and Mooed at Me' Because of Rare Skin Condition

Chantelle Winnie’s unique beauty landed her on cycle 21 of America’s Next Top Model, after which she went on to score major ad campaigns and spots in New York and Madrid fashion weeks – but her striking complexion was once a major source of ridicule.

Janice Dickinson Blames Substance Abuse for Tyra Banks Feud

America's Next Top Model Alum Mirjana Puhar Dead in Apparent Triple Homicide

Former America’s Next Top Model contestant Mirjana Puhar was found dead in a Charlotte, North Carolina, apartment on Tuesday. She was 19.

Puhar was one of three victims, including her boyfriend, Jonathan Alvarado, 23, and Jusmar Gonzaga-Garcia, 21. Gonzaga-Garcia was Alvarado’s best friend and roommate, according to TMZ.

Chantelle Brown-Young, America's Next Top Model Contestant with Rare Skin Condition, Lands Two Colorful Campaign Ads

Former ANTM Contestant Angelea Preston Sues Tyra Banks for $3 Million

America’s Next Top Model is under fire after legal documents filed by former contestant Angelea Preston allege that the show and its host, Tyra Banks, wrongfully disqualified Preston because of her escort past.

America's Next Top Model Finalist Analeigh Tipton Talks Her New Sitcom

Long before Analeigh Tipton had lines to run, she had a runway to walk.

As a finalist on Cycle 11 of America’s Next Top Model back in 2008, acting was not on her to-do list. But now, she’s taking the small screen as the star of ABC’s new sitcom, Manhattan Love Story.

America's Next Top Model Contestant Has Rare Skin Condition

When Chantelle Brown-Young was 4 years old, a mysterious white patch appeared on her stomach. Diagnosed with the skin disorder vitiligo, Brown-Young watched as similar spots spread all over her body over the next few years, including on her hands, knees and face.

“The bullying started when I went to school,” Brown-Young, 20, tells PEOPLE. “It was tough. I definitely had problems with self-esteem.”

Katie Cleary's Husband, Andrew Stern, Commits Suicide

Andrew Stern, the husband of model Katie Cleary, was buried in California on Tuesday after committing suicide over the weekend.

Stern, 40, who was separated from the former Deal or No Deal model, shot himself on Sunday, a family spokesperson confirmed to PEOPLE in a statement.