Model Jillian Mercado suffers from muscular dystrophy – a typically hereditary condition which causes the muscles to progressively weaken, leading to increasing levels of disability. Mercado has previously modeled in Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book and was named one of Diesel’s 2014 tastemakers.

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Now the blogger and model has been cast by Beyonce to model for her new fashion collection. But modeling for Beyoncé is just one of the major achievements this girl has accomplished. Born and raised in NYC, Mercado attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, interned at Allure, modeled for Diesel under Nicola Formichetti and Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book, and is currently signed to IMG Models, who also look after Gigi Hadid, Miranda Kerr and Kate Moss.

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wait *pinches my arm* yup, all this is happening ? #whatislife #takingover #diversity

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