Jillian Mercado, just gave you another reason to enjoy feasting your eyes on her.
The Dominican-American IMG model has shown you how to look cool in clothes like Diesel’s denim on denim, Beyonce’s totally out there Formation tour merch, sexy time lingerie for Thistle & Spire, and some really gorgeous flapper girl hair.
Now today, in her Washington Post, profile, she talked about normalizing diversity, and she threw in a little call to acton.
“You shouldn’t be ashamed of your own body. I hope in the years that I’m alive that there will be a Victoria’s Secret model who has a disability, because that’s considered mainstream sexy.”
Key words: “considered,” and “mainstream,” because We KNOW YOU KNOW WE KNOW YOU KNOW that all bodies are fly. While it might not be on the tippity top of the list of people advocating for disability rights, for reasons unknown, Victoria’s Secret is inarguably the most influential fashion show. Would be killer to see strong, self-advocating, and sexy people with disabilities as angels.
And here’s her talking about how getting cast isn’t about getting a brand a powerful dose of publicity for choosing her:
Some people immediately think, ‘okay, this is going to get me press. And that always comes into mind when I do projects. You have to communicate to whoever you’re working with and say, ‘okay, what’s the reasoning behind this shoot, what are we trying to do? If I’m a model and this is a clothing company and they want to showcase their stuff on me, that’s great. That’s all it should be.
Love what you’re about Jilly. When will it be, though? [Tiny Tim voice from A Christmas Carol]