Kelsey makes history as Filipina international model

February 19, 2019
Kelsey Merritt

SEEMS there’s no stopping Filipino-American model Kelsey Merritt (22) from pursuing her dream as an international model matapos itong mapasama sa 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show last November 8, held in New York City, USA making her the very first Filipina to walk the VS runway.

After finishing her communications degree at the Ateneo de Manila University in May 2017, si Kelsey ay tumulak patungong New York matapos siyang pumirma ng modeling and talent contract with Wilhelmina International, Inc.,  isang top modeling and talent agency based in New York with satellite branches in Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and London.  Wilhelmina was named and founded in 1967 by former top Dutch-American Ford model Wilhelmina Cooper and husband Bruce Cooper.

Bago ang Victoria’s Secret modeling stint ni Kelsey, she appeared with top American model Gigi Hadid for Maybelline Cosmetics, another popular brand ng cosmetics.

Kelsey has started modeling in the Philippines since 2012 when she was still a student and  in her teens.

After her appearance sa 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in November last year, Kelsey is  on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2019, the only Filipino model to grace  the said edition.

She is now maintaining her own apartment in the Big Apple.

Kelsey  who is 5’8” in height is now in a relationship with two-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming Conor James Dwyer.

The Pampanga-born model has a Filipina mother and an American father of French, German, British and Irish descent na si Philip Merritt.  Kelsey has three other siblings na sina Kristen Alexandra, Keagan and only brother, Kyle.