I think we can all agree that Beyoncé is having a slow but steady pop culture moment. Her Superbowl performance and total take over of Black History Month were transformative and anything that Bey touches will almost certainly turn to gold.
I wouldn't necessarily call her the most "woke" pop star out there, but she is definitely upping her "woke" factor as of late (see: Formation). One such example of the new era of woke Bey is the decision to cast Jillian Mercado as a merchandise model on her official website. Jillian is a model and blogger with a condition called muscular dystrophy. Her condition means that she uses a wheelchair.
The straight up gorgeous model posted pictures from Bey's merch shoot and we. are. living.
Yaaas, hunny. I'm here for this hot sauce themed headwear.
Jillian, who also starred in a Diesel campaign in 2014, has built a a strong following online and IRL with her stunning features and candid discussions about what muscular dystrophy means for her day to day life and in her work.
But when you're a queen, you're simply a queen.
Jillian recently participated in a mini documentary about diversity in fashion so the announcement of her Bey merch casting comes at a hugely important time.
If you're psyched about mainstream fashion and culture finally becoming inclusive and just a little more diverse, then join the club. Actually, PETITION FOR JILLIAN MERCADO TO BE IN EVERY FASHION CAMPAIGN FROM NOW UNTIL FOREVER.