Disabilities (are sort of) in Fashion

Jillian Mercado and the new Diesel campaign Jillian Mercado, 26, a New York fashion expert who has muscular dystrophy, is one of the new faces of Diesel. (Diesel )

Disabilities (are sort of) in Fashion

“Model in wheelchair stars in groundbreaking new Diesel ads” (LA Times)

This popped up in my newsfeed this morning, and I thought it was worth sharing. Great for Diesel for showcasing beauty in diversity.

When I was in high school, there was a short-lived disability culture magazine called We that changed how I viewed disabilities of all kinds. I was deeply moved by Rick Guidotti’s Positive Exposure work, and ended up publishing an academic paper on his projects. There is still such a long way to go in how our culture defines what is beautiful and what is mainstream, but these small steps are indeed small steps in the right direction.

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