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The L Word's Jillian Mercado on Repping Queer Disabled Latinx Visibility

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Teen Vogue; and even worked with the Queen Bee herself (modeling merch for Beyoncé’s Formation world tour).Still, there was something else in Mercado beyond her striking beauty and wicked-cool style that the producers of The L Word: Generation Q saw in her.

Though she had no professional acting experience, she landed the role of Maribel on season 1 of the rebooted series. Now with a second season under her belt, Mercado reflects on her journey from young musician to fashion icon to Hollywood ingénue.“I was such an imaginary kid,” recalls Mercado, who was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy in her teens. “I went from wanting to be a ballerina to wanting to be an astronaut,” but eventually settled on becoming a professional violinist.“I was so.

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