This Model with Muscular Dystrophy Gives Us Hope and Motivation

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In September 2015, the New York Fashion Week will not just feature skinny, pretty, and tall models. They’ll also be sharing the stage with some inspiring women of strength, including Jillian Mercado.

At first look, you probably won’t have any idea that 28-year-old Jillian is suffering from Degenerative Muscular Dystrophy because she acts normally, just like the rest of the girls.

Jillian has already made appearances for a number of campaigns and ads, such as Diesel and Nordstrom. She has also done several magazine shoots, which explains why she is in the spotlight. However, there is more about this inspiring woman we ought to know. This brave lady has signed up with IMG Models, a modeling agency that represents such top models as Karlie Kloss, Kate Moss, and Joan Smalls. With them, she’ll have plenty more opportunities coming in, including the New York Fashion Week.

 

 

Here’s a video of Jillian talking about how much she loves her body:

 

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