Jearlean Taylor is a Baltimore native who made a part-time career as a fashion and runway model for the past 18 years. In an interview on WBAL-TV 11 Jearlean tells reporter Theo Hayes, "You can be whatever you want to be. You can have dreams. You can have aspirations and that's why I tell my story.”
Doctors diagnosed Jearlean with Rhabdomyosarcoma of the genital tract at just 3-years-old. A year later she was alive and cancer-free thanks to colostomy and urostomy surgery. She wants to be a famous model to make a statement about childhood cancer and ostomies.
"Even though you can't see them externally from the outside, but I had to kind of make sure everything was in place. I had to make sure I went to the bathroom. I had to make sure I drained the bags, you know, so I got prepared. I knew what I had to do, and my talent spoke for itself, so I figured it out," Jearlean said in the interview.
Watch the video to see the full story: Baltimore model doesn't let ostomies bag her dream