Published: Tuesday 11 September, 2018

New Victoria’s Secret Model Kelsey Merritt Responds to Critics: I am Filipino!

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Kelsey Merritt reiterates she is Filipino! (

Amid someone’s success, there are still some who want to pull her down. This is what’s happening to Kelsey Merritt, the first Filipino to walk the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show runway. Recently, Kelsey celebrated her achievement and dedicated her success to the Philippines. But some in social media point out the she is not Filipino.

Kelsey Merritt recently took to Instagram to declare her achievement of being chosen for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2018 this December. The first Filipina to achieve such a feat.

“We did it Philippines! What an honor it is to be the first Filipino to walk in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2018! I can’t believe this!” Merritt wrote.

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But this was followed by criticism that she does not look Filipino enough to make such a claim. This was Kelsey’s response:

“Ipinanganak ako sa Pilipinas at lumaki ako sa Pampanga. Tinapos ko ang pag-aaral ko sa Manila bago ako lumipat sa US last year,” she wrote.

“Mas pinoy pa dugo ko kesa sa mga “pure” na hindi pa nakatapak sa Pilinipas. I love my country and I’m proud of where I came from. ❤️”

Kelsey Merritt was born to a Filipino mother and American father, She was born and raised in Pampanga and studied in the Philippines. She graduated from Ateneo de Manila University in 2017 with a degree of Bachelor of Arts Major in Communication before moving to the US to pursue a modeling career.

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