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“Somebody pinch me!” Kelsey Merritt is the first Filipina to walk for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

  • Kelsey Merritt is the first to represent the Philippines in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
  • She clarified her nationality on Twitter due to backlash.

Kelsey Merritt is the first Filipina to be a Victoria’s Secret Angel and walk for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. She was born in the Philippines and grew up in Pampanga.

She then moved to New York, USA last year.



Kelsey clarifies her nationality.

Due to a backlash, Kelsey clarified her nationality, where she was born and where she grew up.

“Pinanganak ako sa Pilipinas at lumaki ako sa Pampanga. Tinapos ko ang pagaaral ko sa Manila bago ako lumipat sa US last year. Mas pinoy pa dugo ko kesa sa mga “pure” na hindi pa nakatapak sa (Pilipinas). I love my country and I’m proud of where I came from.”

Kelsey’s reaction to the news.

Merritt’s agency, Supreme Management, surprised her when they revealed that she had booked the job.

She posted her reaction on both Instagram and Twitter where she was clearly delighted by the news.

“That moment when your agency @suprememgmt tells you you booked the #VSFashionShow @victoriassecret!!! 😱🙈❤️ The best feeling in the world!!! 💕💕💕”

Victoria’s Secret.

Kelsey has been appearing on Victoria’s Secret website and social media accounts. She appeared as a sportswear model in May 2018, a prelude to being included in the roster of models for the brand’s social media accounts.

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