Jillian Mercado Brillianced
The Model With Muscular Dystrophy Jillian Mercado has been making a name for herself in the modeling world.
Mercado went down the runway in her electric wheelchair wearing a beautiful sheer dress with gold embellishments with a statement-making gold headpiece in New York Fashion Week 2020.
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This moment was brought to you by… Every single person who has a disability around the world that has felt unseen and unheard. For the countless of times that we all have shouted for respect and equal representation. Or for the times other people speak for us, not with us. For when we felt like we just didn’t belong in this world because no one thought that we were capable of doing anything. The times where people speak to everyone about our problems or our needs but us. This moment is brought to you by a young girl looking through magazines-collecting them to the point of basically being a hoarder and watching fashion television while taking notes of how to be the best in the industry-being glamorized by the world of fashion and loving every single moment of what she saw but wondering if she actually belonged. Wondering if they would actually accept her for being exactly who she is, even though she never saw someone who had a visible disability in those magazines or television. Imagining what that would look like was nothing but a dream, a fantasy. One that she was told again and again that it would never be possible, that the world wasn’t ready, that the world wouldn’t give her a chance. This moment. This exact moment, It’s for you. I’ve been through countless wars making sure that this moment was exactly how I imagined through every obstacle you can think of. Determination helped me get to this moment and those who believed in me made sure that it was as perfect as I knew I could be. Thank you to @davidblond and @phillipeblond for giving me this opportunity of a lifetime, a huge mile stone in my career.? photo by @alexcruz.nyc
(This moment was brought to you by…
Every single person who has a disability around the world that has felt unseen and unheard. For the countless of times that we all have shouted for respect and equal representation. Or for the times other people speak for us, not with us. For when we felt like we just didn’t belong in this world because no one thought that we were capable of doing anything. The times where people speak to everyone about our problems or our needs but us) she write on her Instagram account.
Jillian Mercado (born April 30, 1987) is an actress and American fashion model represented by IMG Models. As a wheelchair user (due to muscular dystrophy), she is one of the few professional models who has a physical disability in the fashion industry. A prominent figure in the new wave of models challenging beauty ideals in the fashion industry, Mercado is keen to fight the lack of representation of people with disabilities in the fashion industry and their enduring stigma.
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Welcome to the rebirth project by @highqualityhumanbeings. I recently shot with them to bring awareness to fast fashion. I actually have been very aware of how much garment we are wasting by contributing to the increasing consumption of clothes. So they have launch this project and went to one of the most important fashion destinations; Italy. Finding dead stock vintage, never before used bikinis that would have ended up in landfills. I mean look how beautiful these are!!! visit @highqualityhumanbeings to shop their rebirth project and to check out an exclusive interview I did with them ? shoot by @lushootsfilm @helena_luuu direction/interview by @natigaroosi
The model said that during her first NYFW runway experience she felt like she was finally being heard.
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It was about 10 years ago where at the time I was interning for various fashion brands and companies. I remember the exact day that I was finally invited to a fashion show year 2012. The excitement in my mind nearly exploded. I remember planning my outfit for the day, sleeping early to make sure I was not late and talking to my friends about how I couldn’t believe that I was going to my first show! I couldn’t contain myself and wore the most elegant outfit I had. The line at the venue was around the block, I was so scared that the room would not have enough space for me. But thankfully, I knew a few people from school who were working at the door and took me to my seat. I can’t even begin to explain to you the energy in that room. Everyone was waiting with anticipation, photographers were taking photos of everyone attending, and my adrenaline was at its highest of highs. From my seat the models on the runway were extremely tiny. I was sitting in row six but nothing mattered, I was just so happy to be there! I thought to myself as the models walked down the runway “one day…one day I will be in the first row…Or better yet, how iconic would it be if I was actually in the show…!!!” Flash forward to a couple years and every season I attended this particular show. Every season I was blown away by how amazing their collections would be. To this day I want to own every single garment. February 9th, 2020 was a complete full circle. The Blonds was the first show I was ever invited to. Even then they understood that everyone deserves to feel included. Not only was I able to attend the show, year after year as a guest, I can now actually say I’ve been in the show. My very first high fashion runway show!! I can assure you that this is only the beginning. Thank you to @theblondsny, @imgmodels @lorraine_antonetti ♥️?? Remixed music by @simensez from the iconic @rosalia.vt ?