Fashion. Who doesn't love Fashion! Especially when we see people with disabilities being the face of a brand.
Diesel's working on a bit of a reboot, and they've just unveiled the first images from a new spring/summer ad campaign. One of the stars? Ultra-hip fashion blogger Jillian Mercado, who runs Manufactured1987 and happens to get around in a wheelchair. Yup, it's in the ads, too.
Diesel artistic director Nicola Formichetti explained the casting to Women's Wear Daily, saying the new campaign was "about the group, the gang, the tribe, the community…
And Mercado in particular caught his eye:
He was especially taken with New York-based — and wheelchair-bound — fashionblogger Jillian Mercado, photographed in tandem with visual artist James Astronaut. "It's never easy for her to move from point A to point B, but she's totally fearless and has really been an inspiration to me," Formichetti said. "You don't have to be a conventional model type to represent a brand." - Read the full article on www.jezebel.com
Jillian is awesome!
After reading another article published about her on thedailybeast.com, it is so awesome to see the hard work she puts into her endeavors.
I absolutely enjoyed this read and especially her response knowing what it is working in the image obsessed fashion industry.
“I knew I was throwing myself into the fire when I wanted to work in fashion,” she says. But she doesn’t mind when people stare at her and doesn’t want to be cut extra slack. “I work equally as hard as everyone else does in this industry, and my chair doesn’t give me permission to slack off,” she says. “My passion is equal to yours—I just come with a chair that moves.” - Read the article on www.thedailybeast.com