Model and activist
Jillian Mercado is a fashion industry mainstay, but it wasn't always that way. Video artist Danilo Lauria's new short film for Fusion TV follows the model's journey from being born with muscle dystrophy all the way to gracing major fashion campaigns.
Throughout the film, Mercado addresses feeling like an outsider in society, the importance and beauty of representation of people with disabilities and the gumption needed to make big dreams happen. "If you love what you dream of, that's the only engine you need," she says.