Friday, April 12, 2013

Inspire: Resilient Jillian

There's always that person. That person who stands out and makes everyone stop and stare. Sometimes it's for more than one reason.

That person, today, is Jillian Mercado (the girl at the top. I adore her hair!). She's awesome and she would so be a stare-able person what with her awesome style...

She has Spastic Muscular Dystrophy and has been in a wheelchair since she was 3 years old. Yet, she blazed her way through the fashion world, and the now 23 year old is becoming a regular sight at fashion shows, and a top-notch writer.

I could talk about her many positive and loveable qualities, but then I think, we're all human. She can't have been totally happy with the way she was born could she? However, does she let that stop her? No. Definitely not. She has been through a lot, trying to break into the fashion world. She is stronger than a lot of us are and obviously does nto let anyoen tell her she couldn't do something. If she did, this post wouldn't be written...

Jillian Mercado is the editor of fashion blog: Manufactured 1987 and let me just say that it is extremely impressive that someone who doesn't have the blessing to be mobile on her legs like we do (and take it for granted), can become so wildly popular in a world where appearance is everything and look good while doing it. She went to FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology, for all you rookies), and she totally got a degree. She lives (and was born) in NYC (which makes her seem cooler because that place is so hustle-bustle, push-shove, dog-eat-dog like. I was just telling myself to quit with the analogies...) and she has interned at Allure, and is currently the Creative Assistant at Patrick McMullan’s Magazine: PMc Magazine, Executive Editorial Assistant for WeTheUrban and Contributing writer for Heavy stuff...

People in this world are disgusting though...a while back, her electric wheelchair was stolen. See details on how you can help replace it here (or at least offer mental support like me) at

More on Jillian, in an article written by her can be found at in this article:

Why Being Yourself Truly Matters—Even in the Fashion World

Keep being awesome and let's Jillian-ize our lives a little bit.


G97: Made In 1997

Hola, chicas (and chicos. I'm not biased)

No, I'm not Spanish. I'm not Yiddish either as the name seems to imply. I'm 99.9% Nigerian. The .1% is British-Italian (two cultures I adore).

My late grandfather named me Golda after Golda Meir, the Israeli Prime Minister. She was the epitome of awesome. Think Margaret Thatcher with greyer hair. She was cool...but she died in the '70s. She made a name for herself though, being described as the "strong-willed, straight-talking, grey-bunned grandmother of the Jewish people".

This blog is about well, everything. It does focus a lot on fashion and music and does it's best to be cool (although I think that's pretty effortless on it own. Teehee.)

My real name will not be disclosed, because I just love being anonymous, but thou shalt love me. I will however tell you that I am 15, and awesome. I am also dark-skinned and I have teeny eyes that my aunt loves to call "Chinco" (that's Nigerian slang for Chinese). I wear glasses, and I am short (and proud of it baby!)

I will have to schedule my blogging (every Sunday maybe) but this thing is going to rock. Don't worry, I'm a veteran-ish...

That's it I guess. Enjoy the blog peeps!