If you don't know who Jillian Mercado is by now, you're going to want to get to know her, fast.
Mercado is beautiful, has great style and a deep rooted relationship with fashion, having graduated from FIT (the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York). She also has muscular dystrophy and uses a wheelchair.
Mercado told The Wall Street Journal that modeling never seemed like "a possibility" growing up. But while a student at FIT, she was asked to serve as a fit model for friends because she fit into sample sizes.
After starring in the Diesel ad, she consequently landed additional, major jobs including a gig for Nordstrom. Then she received a letter from someone who admired the Diesel campaign, and it finally clicked. "A light bulb went off, and I suddenly thought, ‘Go big, or go home,'" she told WSJ.
IMG represents a slew of diverse models and also produces New York Fashion Week, where Mercado has become a front row regular. Fingers crossed for a Mercado appearance on the runway in the very near future.