The 21-year-old model became the first Filipino in the world's most famous fashion show on November 8 at the Victoria's Secret fashion show in New York.
Kelsey Merritt, a graduate of AB Communications at Ateneo de Manila University, will become a Victoria's Secret model and watch hundreds of millions of people around the world when the show is shown on December 2.
"I feel like a dream," she told Teen Vogue. And the country caught up in beauty pageants could not agree more.
Today, the Victoria's Secret fashion show is more popular than beauty panties to model rare parts of this iconic lingerie brand in more than 100 countries, especially among young people around the world.
Merritt joins the ranks of celebrities Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid.
Inquirer ToBe your model
Born in Pampanga and raised in Manila, Merritt is also the model for the Inquirer ToBeYou section. She took a picture of ToBeYou in Boracay. She was modeled on Kashieca, the local Bench brand.
Early on, she worked unilaterally to become a model. In addition to ToBeYou, she photographed the local shine and billboards and ran the Bench brand runway show.
She said in an interview with Teen Vogue before the show, "The show is a dream come true, but for the first time on the show, becoming a Filipino woman makes history. This show is broadcast in more than 190 countries through models from 20 countries. I was chosen to represent the region. Blessed! "
Her block mates Ateneo, Nicole Thorp and ToBeYou's writer Merritt explained, "She is cool and diligent and can do her modeling work in New York and London."
& # 39; I am me & # 39;
On the runway of Merritt the internet is getting hot. Some netizens should not claim her achievements as a victory in Asia because she is a Filipino and her father is American because she is not a "pure Filipino." "
But Merritt has a wise and direct answer from Teen Vogue: "I just want to tell them I am."
She posted on her twitter account "Pinakianak ako sa Pilipinas in Pampanga. Last year I made a bag of Manila, with Pinus Therapy and Pure & Therapy. [Pilipinas]. Born in the Philippines and raised in Pampanga. I finished my studies in Manila before moving to the US last year. My blood has never been trampled on the land of the Filipinos. There are more Filipinos than the pure & # 39; blood. I love my country and I am proud of where I am from. "
Apparently, she is a lawyer, most of them students.
In ToBeYou's survey, Ira Patricia Pelayo of Santo Tomas (UST) University said: "But what is the true beauty of the Philippines? Kelsey Merritt has Eurocentric features, but still implements strong Philippine functions. The fact that she is a Filipino is what we should be proud of as she represents us in the international modeling industry. "
Another UST student, Hasmin Sevilla, added: "Her appearance does not reduce the number of Filipinos. Except for our blood, the great measure of nationality is the content of our hearts, and her beauty and courage must make us proud!"
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