Beauty Without Limitations: Meet the New Face of Beyonce’s Clothing Line!

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Disabled model Jillian Mercado’s T-shirt in Beyonce’s new ad campaign says it all: “I twirl on them haters.” And while “haters are gonna hate,” movers and shakers in the fashion industry are waking up to the notion that beauty really does come in all shapes and sizes.

Superstar and fashion icon Beyonce is the latest to get on the bandwagon by signing Mercado to represent her Formation clothing line. Mercado, who suffers from spastic muscular dystrophy, is not a newcomer to the fashion scene. Mercado spent most of her childhood engrossed in her favorite fashion magazines and felt a kinship to the models on their pages and the industry as a whole, but she never dreamed she’d be accepted into fashion’s elite circles.

She eventually made her way to FIT, studying fashion history, and later became an intern for Allure magazine. Her friends encouraged her to start writing about her experiences as a person with disabilities working in fashion, so she started Manufactured 1987, a blog that has developed a global following.

She later realized the dream of a lifetime when she signed with IMG as a model, going on to appear in ad campaigns for Nordstrom and Diesel. Her recent stint as the face of the Formation line for Beyonce puts her even closer to her goal of doing a major show for Chanel or Alexander Wang.

Mercado told her social media followers that being included in the Formation campaign was nothing short of “surreal and amazing.” In the fashion community, the casting of Mercado serves as a reminder that beauty is diverse and models can be from an array of ethnicities and races, have different body shapes and sizes or even be disabled. Although census data shows that one in five people in the United States lives with a disability, the fashion industry has been slow to include them in its ranks. With support from major celebs such as Beyonce, the fashion world is slowly becoming more diverse. Show your support for advancing the causes that are important to people with disabilities by signing this petition.

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