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Wheelchair-Bound Jillian Mercado Stars In New Diesel Campaign

Fashion blogger Jillian Mercado and her wheelchair are the stars of Diesel's Spring/Summer campaign

By Emma Chong Johnston | Published: 30 Jan 2014

Diesel's New Star
Photo: Diesel

Fashion blogger Jillian Mercado took a chance on a casting call and found herself front and centre of one of this season’s most talked about campaigns. Jillian suffers from muscular dystrophy, and has relied on an electric wheelchair to get around since the age of 12. After seeing a casting call from Diesel looking for young, hip models from different cultural backgrounds, Jillian and her friends wrote in with photos as a joke.

But Diesel got back to Jillian, asking for more photos and eventually she found herself in a shoot directed by Nicola Formichetti himself – part of a campaign that would include 22 non-models with Jillian in a starring role. Upon seeing the photos she expressed her surprise on her blog, saying “You all have no idea how speechless I am right now. Thank you for giving me a chance of a lifetime and believing in me. This is beyond everything.”


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