Nyle DiMarco, the Deaf model who won America’s Next Top Model in 2015 and Dancing With the Stars earlier this year, is paying it forward.
On Friday, DiMarco tweeted a video of him reading to two Deaf children. The clip shows DiMarco signing with youngsters Ella and Jett, asking them to name the colors in a picture book. In his own words, the result is simply “adorable.” (Watch the video below.)
The video finds DiMarco fulfilling a dream, as he told EW in March that he wanted to be a teacher before becoming a model. “I got my mathematics degree because I wanted to teach Deaf children math,” he explained. “I was doing a little modeling on the side. Then ANTM found me on social media, and it pretty much flipped my life around, all for the better.”
However, “My goals are the same,” DiMarco said at the time. “Now I’m using my stardom to educate the world and invest in Deaf children. 70 percent of parents who have Deaf children don’t know how to sign. Still. It’s one of the reasons I want to do Dancing With the Stars, it’s a platform to educate.”
DiMarco, of course, ended up taking home the famed mirror ball trophy on DWTS, becoming a two-time reality show champ. He’s since used his platform to create the Nyle DiMarco Foundation, which seeks to improve Deaf people’s lives with “access to accurate, research-based information about early language acquisition.” Find out more information here.