You want it, you got it. Nyle DiMarco, a model and activist for the hard of hearing community, decided to come through with a special surprise for his fans: He dropped his own version of Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” music video in American Sign Language. The video was directed by Jake Wilson with DiMarco’s help.
DiMarco — who was the second male winner and first deaf winner of America’s Next Top Model — has been a public advocate for closed-captioning videos for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. After Grande’s “thank u, next” video debuted in November, DiMarco asked Grande via Twitter to request that the video be made available with closed captioning for the “466 million people with hearing loss” who would like to watch it too.
Could you ask @Vevo to add captions for 466 million people with hearing loss
(Deaf here and we do enjoy your music) —-https://t.co/e0YSC0lBJg
— Nyle DiMarco (@NyleDiMarco) November 30, 2018
Grande took notice of the criticism, and her “7 Rings” music video debuted earlier this month with lyrics available to read onscreen.
Now, DiMarco has decided to take things a step further by releasing his own ASL version of the entire music video. Watch Nyle DiMarco’s ASL version of “7 Rings” below.