傷健模特兒JILLIAN MERCADO專訪:「我不要為下一個傷健模特打開另一扇大門。」
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      傷健模特兒JILLIAN MERCADO專訪:「我不要為下一個傷健模特打開另一扇大門。」

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      30.03.2020
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      我一直很討厭“ugly beauty”這個概念,醜,已經有了一個前設。值得高興的是,多元、包容、共融,成為近年熱門時尚關鍵詞,大眾對美的定義被普世價值而改寫,高矮肥瘦都能散發美麗一面;醜,這個字,很快可以絕跡的了(內心醜惡另作別論)。今季紐約時裝周,傷健模特兒Jillian MercadoThe Blonds的天橋壓軸出場,令人特別難忘,她自信地告訴我:「我不要為下一個傷健模特兒打開另一扇大門,而是要完全移開它,任何人都能夠接觸時尚。」

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      冷言冷語下生活

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      I thought to myself this morning about everything that’s going on during my morning meditation, which I try to do as much as possible… ⁣ ⁣ I was thinking how maybe the earth needs a time to rest… they have been going through so much pain (in my mind Earth pronouns are they/them). And maybe we as humans needed a tough realization of how beautiful it is to be alive, healthy, and safe. Some of us have had the privilege to be with no realization of how lucky we are… ⁣ ⁣ Take this time to read, write, begin that brand or idea you have been holding off, check on your love ones, the ones you call family. ⁣ ⁣ Remember to keep sane and positive, this can seem like the hardest one to do and confront. I’m trying to remind myself that everything will be all right if we make smart decisions. If you must go outside remember to wash your hands more frequently than before and I don’t get into large crowds. You could be saving thousands of lives just by doing so. You know, these can seem like scary times, but I am with you, I hear you, and love you. ⁣ ⁣ Tell me how is your heart today?⁣ ⁣ Image description: A photo of myself laying across an orange lovesofa in a purple gown with my eyes closed lounging. A photo of myself pretty much in bliss♥️

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      十二歲患上肌肉萎縮症的Jillian,因為從小熱愛時尚而一直克服重重困難,不僅在紐約時裝技術學院學習,又在雜誌社擔任記者,二零一五年成為DIESEL廣告模特之後,從此正式踏入時尚圈,後來多次坐上時裝秀front row,又參與不同時尚大片拍攝工作。Jillian表示:「媽媽在我小時候會為我造衣,那些顏色、織物、紗線的種類,都使我著迷。其實,我是一個喜歡冒險的人,那時候完全沒有為傷健人士而設的時尚平台,我希望自己首先走出來,可以大聲告訴時尚圈:我們是可以發出閃耀光芒,儘管最初受盡不屑的冷言冷語。」

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      Jillian一直深信只要肩負起責任,凡事都有可能;終於,「多元」成為時裝主流,但她謂:「我不希望這只是曇花一現的潮流。在我的世界,有五分之一的朋友都是殘疾的。我時常想為什麼時裝沒有關注這羣小眾人士,就是因為我們不是主要消費族群,不能讓品牌賺錢?所以,我們對這波潮流絕對的欣然接受,但必須要變得更為慬慎和小心處理,要趁這段時間盡快消除大眾刻板的印象,這樣,我們才能活下去。」

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      It was about 10 years ago where at the time I was interning for various fashion brands and companies. I remember the exact day that I was finally invited to a fashion show year 2012. ⁣ ⁣ The excitement in my mind nearly exploded. I remember planning my outfit for the day, sleeping early to make sure I was not late and talking to my friends about how I couldn’t believe that I was going to my first show! I couldn’t contain myself and wore the most elegant outfit I had.⁣ ⁣ The line at the venue was around the block, I was so scared that the room would not have enough space for me. But thankfully, I knew a few people from school who were working at the door and took me to my seat. I can’t even begin to explain to you the energy in that room. Everyone was waiting with anticipation, photographers were taking photos of everyone attending, and my adrenaline was at its highest of highs. From my seat the models on the runway were extremely tiny. I was sitting in row six but nothing mattered, I was just so happy to be there! I thought to myself as the models walked down the runway “one day…one day I will be in the first row…Or better yet, how iconic would it be if I was actually in the show…!!!”⁣ ⁣⁣ Flash forward to a couple years and every season I attended this particular show. Every season I was blown away by how amazing their collections would be. To this day I want to own every single garment. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ February 9th, 2020 was a complete full circle. The Blonds was the first show I was ever invited to. Even then they understood that everyone deserves to feel included. Not only was I able to attend the show, year after year as a guest, I can now actually say I’ve been in the show. My very first high fashion runway show!! I can assure you that this is only ⁣the beginning. ⁣⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Thank you to @theblondsny, @imgmodels @lorraine_antonetti ♥️🙏🏽⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Remixed music by @simensez from the iconic @rosalia.vt 🌹

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      在她的工作生涯之中,她最想感激的人竟然是歌手Beyoncé,「以前一直被形容成為坐輪椅的那個人,心中一直不是味兒;Diesel可說是第一個發掘我的品牌,但坦白說,當下沒有打響太大知名度。直至一六年的時候,Beyoncé在官方媒體宣布成為她唱片廣告的演員之一,那時候突然聲名大噪,很多媒體找我拍攝與訪問,我才明白流行文化對時尚是有多大影響的。」Jillian表示自己沒有自滿,反而形成一股動力,「這證明多元是一個值得關注和討論的議題,但是還未達到我心中理想的階段,雖然眼見很多品牌都會推出傷健人士而設的服裝,但細心留意的話,其實他們推出一季,做了一點宣傳之後就會變得無疾而終。我們要推廣的多元,是一種永恆不變的多元文化。」

      擁抱身體缺陷

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      面對自己的身體缺陷,Jillian坦言早已厭倦為自己感到難過與不快樂,全因這些事情是無法改變的,「我擁抱自己的殘疾,它已經是我的身體一部分。」在The Blondes二零二零秋冬時裝秀,Jillian擔任壓軸模特兒再度獲得媒體關注,她分享說:「如果我告訴你那一天不緊張的話,那必然是騙人的,當時激動得很,就像小時候的心願終於達成一樣;這亦意味時裝工業已經做好準備,每個人都有他的機會宣揚自己的價值。」

      當我又問她到了目前為止,仍有人對你抱有質疑嗎?她直接說:「當然有!但我不介意,反正改變任何事情的過程,總會產生質疑與反對,我們只要投入百分之一百一十的投入,漸漸,人們便會以全新視角看待事物。」社交媒體流行,我們對別人的評價更為重視,Jillian分享:「我自己的Instagram很有趣的,表面上的留言多是讚賞我的行為;但有些haters會私下inbox我,說我破壞時尚界的運作,這些聲音大概會一笑置之,他們活在黑暗的,我則選擇光明這一方。」

       

      在我眼中,Jillian是一個很用心的人,我問她一個問題,就給我十多句回應,「我已經三十二歲了,不算年輕,我都做了好幾年關於殘疾議題的訪問, 世界有改變到嗎?或許,經過笑過、哭過、崩潰過後,正如我剛剛所說,是有點改變,我的使命總算完成了一點。」Jillian表示未來依然會為殘疾人士發聲,正如她所言,已經習慣艱辛困難地走路,這條路,完全沒有半條後路,只能一直向前走。

       

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