Beyoncé casts model with muscular dystrophy to advertise her merchandise

Jillian Mercado wears 'hot sauce' cap while in a wheelchair

Beyonce has cast a model with muscular dystrophy in a photoshoot for her official merchandise.

Jillian Mercado, a blogger and model, wears T-shirts, hats and sweaters in the shoot alongside two other models. See the image below.

Mercado announced the news online, writing: “OK LADIES now let’s get in FORMATION!” she wrote on Instagram. “So BEYond excited to finally announce that I’m on the official @beyonce website!!!”

Mercado, who is in a wheelchair in the image, is wears a ‘hot sauce’ cap and a jumper complete with the phrase “I twirl on them haters”. Both phrases appear in the lyrics to ‘Formation’, Beyoncé’s latest single and the name of her upcoming world tour.

A photo posted by Jillian Mercado (@jilly_peppa) on

Beyoncé joined Coldplay during their high-profile appearance at the Super Bowl earlier this year (February 7), performing ‘Formation’ 24 hours after releasing track and its politically charged video online.

Beyoncé Brings Protest Music Back: The Main ‘Formation’ Talking Points

Beyoncé will tour the UK during June and July. See below for Beyoncé’s full UK dates:

Sunderland, Stadium of Light (June 28)
Cardiff, Principality Stadium (30)
London, Wembley Stadium (July 2, 3)
Manchester, Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground (5)
Glasgow, Hampden Park (7)