Jillian Mercado–Paving the Way for Disabled Models


Model Jillian Mercado is a pioneer in the fashion world. Being born with Muscular Dystrophy didn’t stop her from pursuing her dream of becoming a model. You may have seen her featured in Diesel campaigns, Nordstrom’s, and most recently the face of Beyonce’s merchandise.

“I kind of took it on as a challenge to make sure that I represented all those girls that didn’t see themselves in the industry.”

Jillian graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a degree in Merchandising Management, wanting to understand the business side of fashion. Spending many years behind the scenes, she noticed something was missing. Specifically, models that were more like her, more like many people in the world.

Recently, Mercado caught the eye of IMG Models, who she signed with.

Check out her looks on Instagram @jilly_peppa.



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