Model and disability rights advocate Jillian Mercado saw what she wanted to do in the world — and fiercely went after it. She was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy in her teens, and grew up not seeing her community represented in the media and fashion industry.
On the podcast, Jillian shares her battle with depression during her teens and how googling “model in a wheelchair” eventually turned into a career in the fashion industry. She also talks to Stacy about the importance of using your platform to elevate your community — so people who are not “seen”, feel less alone.
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