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Woman Sheds Her Clothes and Insecurities to Show What’s Truly Underneath

Jillian Mercado doesn’t mind when she gets attention. Especially when it’s for her style.

“I’m here, I’m present,” the model and editor says in the video below. “This is me, deal with it.”

Mercado, who was born with muscular dystrophy, shakes her head at the notion that someone with a disability cannot be fashionable. She thrives in her clothes — and she doesn’t use them to hide her insecurities anymore. That’s why she became a model — most recently for Nordstrom. And that’s why she participated in the video below — an interview for the “What’s Underneath Project,” where she sheds an article of clothing after answering each question.

“I think I woke up and was like, ‘I’m so over this. I’m not going to sit in a corner all my life just crying about something that I really can’t change,” Mercado recalls when asked about turning her struggles into strengths. By the video’s end, she sits, smiling and confident, in her underwear.

Then she says this:

“If you’re different, that’s sunlight in somebody’s world.”

Watch her full interview here:

h/t Upworthy

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