When I first heard about 28-year-old model, Jillian Mercado, I was really speechless. Looking at her selfies, you wouldn’t even know she uses a wheelchair and even after knowing that, you would not guess she has been living with Spastic Muscular Dystrophy since she was a little girl, has been photographed by fashion magazines, been invited to fashion runways, and even worked behind-the-scenes as a style editor.
Having been living with her condition for years, the Dominican beauty has faced all odds – from being bullied for being different in high school to having to stand taller than others in the fashion industry.
Watch Jillian talk about her journey so far below;
Now, she is signed to IMG Models, the same modelling agency that represents names like Joan Smalls, Karlie Kloss and Kate Moss.
Her story is so amazing and I hope this has inspired you as much as it has me.
Photo Credit: @Jilly_Pepper (Instagram)