Here are five ways the fashion industry became more inclusive in 2020.
DISABLED MODEL AT NEW YORK FASHION WEEK
Model and founder of Black Disabled Creatives, Jillian Mercado is one of the few physically disabled models in the fashion industry. In February 2020, she made her runway debut for New York Fashion Week in The Blonds’ Fall 2020 show.
She wore a glam gold jumpsuit with matching gold headdress, and graced the runway in her wheelchair.
This moment is brought to you by a young girl looking through magazines-collecting them to the point of basically being a hoarder and watching fashion television while taking notes of how to be the best in the industry-being glamorized by the world of fashion and loving every single moment of what she saw but wondering if she actually belonged. Wondering if they would actually accept her for being exactly who she is, even though she never saw someone who had a visible disability in those magazines or television. Imagining what that would look like was nothing but a dream, a fantasy. One that she was told again and again that it would never be possible, that the world wasn’t ready, that the world wouldn’t give her a chance. This moment. This exact moment, It’s for you.
I’ve been through countless wars making sure that this moment was exactly how I imagined through every obstacle you can think of. Determination helped me get to this moment and those who believed in me made sure that it was as perfect as I knew I could be. Thank you to @davidblond and @phillipeblond for giving me this opportunity of a lifetime, a huge mile stone in my career.💋