When I was a child and throughout my teens I tried my hand at modeling but the brutality of image (and my personal image) made me quit. Back then it was the 90’s and the modeling industry was still pretty strict on the “type” of model they wanted on the runway. When I say type I mean in no particular order: weight, height, race and any other perceived flaw. I honestly felt you had to be perfect to walk the run way. Since then the modeling industry has come a very long way.
Today I found a beautiful article on style.com about Jillian Mercado a blogger turned model who was diagnosed with spastic muscular dystrophy as a child. Jillian is making changes in the fashion world that will give girls who have the same struggles a new role model to look up to. Earlier this month she was signed to IMG which will be introducing her to an all new audience. Signing with IMG Jillian says “Working with IMG, my goal is to make it so that I am not the model in the wheelchair and I’m just the model.” Continue Reading →