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Dominican-American Model With Muscular Dystrophy, Jillian Mercado Reveals Acting Debut On ‘L Word’ Sequel Series

Dominican-American fashion model Jillian Mercado has made quite a name for herself in the world of fashion. The disabled model has worked to challenge traditional beauty ideals in the fashion industry while also pushing back against the misrepresentation and stigmas of people with disabilities in the world of fashion as well. In 2014, she shot to prominence when she first appeared as a model for the designer jean brand Diesel and then once again when she landed a modeling contracting with IMG in 2015. Since then she’s appeared in various campaigns for clothing stores like Nordstrom, Target and modeled for photographers like Michael Avedon and Beyonce. 

The Dominicana’s latest move appears to be one as an actor shaking up the world of the upcoming drama series “The L Word: Generation Q” the sequel series to Showtime’s iconic hit “The L Word.”

For her television debut, Mercado is set to play an immigration attorney on the series.

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In the continuing series of “The L Word: Generation Q,” the familiar faces of the original early 2000s series return alongside new ones who navigate love and relationships in Los Angeles. For her part, Mercado will play Maribel Suarez, an immigration attorney who is very close to her older sister Sophie, played by Rosanny Zayas. Sophie is a TV producer and Mercado’s part as Maribel will be recurring. 

The L Word: Generation Q”  will pick up 10 years from where the series left off in.

In a post to her Instagram, Mercado celebrated the announcement of her role describing what an important moment it is for the disabled community.

“I can’t even begin to explain how I feel like right now. Honestly where do I even begin?!?!? That’s right I’m making my first debut as an actor on the hit television show @sho_thelword which is making a come back next Sunday, December 8th!!!” Mercado wrote on her Instagram page. “I am absolutely crying right now so just give me a second to compose myself and I’ll be back to explain why this is so important and why the world needs to understand that representation is the key to our survival. AHHH!!!!!!!!!!”

Weeks ago, Mercado shared news with her fans that she had auditioned for the L Word. 

In a video posted to her Instagram, Mercado can be seen nervous and excited saying “I just did my first ever audition! …look how nervous I am like breaking out…for THE L WORD!! Ahhh!!…”⁣

Then in a follow up video, Mercado told fans that she received the most incredible news today and she cried at least five times throughout the day when she received it.  “f I just wanna burst in the air and fly because of the energy or how much energy you have just for a simple news but this specific news is really so life-changing and historic and today I was just told that I got a roll on a TV show and I don’t even know how to react right now because I really never thought that I was going to be a public figure for any in any capacity and here I am being a model in doing that as you know is amazing and it means more than just being a model to me and now I get to expand that message of representation and how people with disabilities deserve to be heard and we can’t tell our stories without us in the conversation and that always been important to me and today I found out that I’m going to elevate the conversation on television and I am Maribel on The L word word!!” Mercado explained. “I am going to be in your TV screens very very soon and I’m very excited and I’m very thankful and I am thankful for everyone who has joined me on this fight to be represented in the right way and I am so thankful to everybody that is currently in my life or just push me to be the best person and you know allowing me to be myself and authenticity is so important to me and is vital to my life and I love you all!!”

Mercado’s role on the series is a definite win for the Latinx and disabled community. 

The model and now actress was born with muscular dystrophy, a condition that causes progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass.

Mercado’s role on the series is a definite win for the Latinx and disabled community. 

The model and now actress was born with muscular dystrophy, a condition that causes progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass.

Mercado’s role on the series is a definite win for the Latinx and disabled community. 

The model and now actress was born with muscular dystrophy, a condition that causes progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass.

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