Kelsey Merritt excited to be in Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition

PHOTO CREDIT: Kelsey Merritt Instagram

Filipina-American model Kelsey Merritt is the newest Sports Illustrated (SI) swimsuit rookie model.

The fashion model who made history in 2018 as the first Filipina to walk the Victoria Secret runway revealed in a social media video on February 17 about her being made the newest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2019 Rookie.

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Merritt today posted on Instagram a photo from her (SI) shoot in Exuma, The Bahamas.

An SI feature on Merritt talked about the beauty and brains model who finished her Ateneo de Manila University degree while being an active model in the Philippines and around the world.

“I can say that one of the best decisions I’ve made so far is to finish my degree instead of stopping it halfway,” Kelsey wrote. “I learned so much in Ateneo, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.”

“The 22-year-old is also a firm believer in body positivity and isn’t afraid to proudly show off her stretch marks. Just another reason to love her!” writes SI’s Xandria James.

The Filipina model will be seen in the Sports Illustrated magazine’s May issue.

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