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Jillian Mercado is Creating Disabled Latinx Representation

How Actress and Model Jillian Mercado Is Breaking Boundaries For Disabled Latinas

Jillian Mercado is Creating Disabled Latinx Representation
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Actress and model Jillian Mercado has spent her entire career breaking barriers for the disabled community. From her role on Showtime's "The L Word: Generation Q" to her unprecedented appearance on the runway during New York Fashion Week in 2020, Mercado has been making her presence known in the entertainment world for some time now, representing not just Latinas, but the disability community.

Mercado, who is of Dominican descent and was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy as a teenager, is a self-made success. She started out as fashion blogger and eventually landed a modeling contract, which has allowed her to become a source of inspiration for disabled Latinas and the disability community as a whole. The 34-year-old is proud of who she is and embraces the unique position she's in as both a Latina celebrity and a disabled celebrity — and her achievements and commitment to representation are truly something to be celebrated. "It's not about opening doors for me, it's about removing them," Mercado, who has partnerships with Yves Saint Laurent and Tommy Hilfiger, told "V Magazine." We can't wait to see what she has in store for the future.

Here are just some of the ways Jillian Mercado has paved the way for better representation for members of the disability community — and how she continues to break boundaries with her history-making career.

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