Hi! my name is Jocelyn Villaseñor (@joceilyynn). I was born with cerebral palsy (CP). I'm from Concord, California aka the bay area!! I am 18 years old. My cerebral palsy was caused at birth, meaning I was a healthy baby all throughout my mother's pregnancy. because of the lack of oxygen, a part of my brain was damaged. that part of my brain was physical. for as long as I can remember, walking was always easy for me. up until my early teens, it became more difficult. I started to develop lots of struggles; including back pain. because of this, I had many surgeries. none of them seemed to work. the most comfortable way for me to be able to go outdoors was my wheelchair. today, everywhere I go I have to bring it with me or else it would be a challenge.
Despite the fact that I need my wheelchair for outdoors, I pretty much walk around my house. I don’t have much mobility (doing house chores-wise) but I try to do as much as possible. I am a high school senior, I'll graduate this coming may! although a large majority of my childhood friends/current classmates are going to college, I am not. college was a huge deal to me since I can remember. but, last year I received the biggest blessing that I never thought could happen. SISTERHOOD. After nearly 18 years of being an only child, heaven heard me and brought my angel. My brother. Now that I'm happy as a little kid with candy, (or perhaps even much happier) I chose to stay home and watch my little butterfly grow its wings.
Where up to next?
During this time dedicated to me, I also want to explore more about my disability. Advocating for myself and others with disabilities is my top goal. This might sound delusional for my family that's probably reading this haha, but I want to be a disabled model. My interest in modeling didn't spark until late 2021. On TikTok, I saw a young model who's disabled. And I thought to myself “Woah I want to be like her.” The modeling industry is not very inclusive of the disabled community. again, my goal is to change that. My ambition is to grow on my platform and change the modeling aspect of disabled people. Thank you so much for reading! - J🤍