Meet Kelsey Merritt, the Fil-Am model who's working with Victoria's Secret
MANILA, Philippines – Kelsey Merritt is working on something with Victoria’s Secret!
The Filipino-American model tweeted about the good news on May 11, saying that she was going to have a shoot with the famous lingerie brand the following week. On Monday, May 14, she tweeted about her excitement for her shoot the next day: “Been working out like crazy, eating very healthy, and mentally preparing myself that it’s actually happening!”
Ahhhh tomorrow is the day!! Been working out like crazy, eating very healthy, and mentally preparing myself that it’s actually happening— Kelsey Merritt (@kelsmerritt) May 14, 2018
If you haven’t heard of Kelsey, keep her on your radar – she might just be the first Filipina Victoria’s Secret angel!
Wanna know more about her? Here are a few facts to get you started:
Kelsey graduated from Ateneo de Manila University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts Major in Communication. In an Instagram post of her graduation picture, Kelsey proudly shared that she graduated with the same batch that she started with.
She juggled modeling in New York and studying in Manila for 4 years, even though she had the option of finishing school online instead. She said in her post: "People often ask me how I managed to do it, and all I say is that as long as you have your priorities straight and manage your time well, then it really can be done."
I can't believe I'm actually graduating in a few days!! I've been waiting for this moment to come for so long! I can say that one of the best decisions I've made so far is to finish my degree instead of stopping it halfway. Right after completing my second year in university, I moved to live in New York for a few months to model. My agency at that time asked me if I wanted to consider online schooling so I dont have to go back to the Philippines, and I have to say it was tempting.. But I chose not to. I stuck with going back to school, knowing I won't be able to be in NY for the most part of the year to do what I love. At the same time, I wouldn't be where I am if it weren't for the choices that I have made. The choice was not easy, but no one ever said it was going to be. It was not easy always flying more than 15 hours and then fighting jetlag, going to work the next day, and having to go home after work to finish papers or study for a test. It wasn't easy trying to fight back sleep on the plane because I had so many readings to catch up on. God knows how hard it was to constantly fly back and forth New York and London while still in school. I had to miss classes, but still make sure that I was on top of everything. At the same time, I had no right to complain I was having a hard time because I was blessed with work. I was living my dream! People often ask me how I managed to do it, and all I say is that as long as you have your priorities straight and manage your time well, then it really can be done. Other people also think that I've missed a few semesters and I'm behind my batch, but that's not the case. I'm graduating with the same batch I entered Ateneo with. Now that I'm done with school, I can finally do what I want to do and live in the city I love most. Ateneo has played a great role in helping me become the person that I am today. I learned so much in Ateneo, and I wouldn't have had it any other way. AMDG Kelsey Alaine P. Merritt Bachelor of Arts Major in Communication Class of 2017 Ateneo de Manila University
She’s now based in New York and loves Broadway.
It was a dream of hers to work with Victoria’s Secret. Kelsey actually predicted that she was going to work with the brand – sort of. In July 2017, she tweeted, “Mark this tweet. Makakapag VS din ako balang araw (I’ll be a VS model too someday).” Less than a year later, her dream came true.
Remember this tweet? Well... I‘m shooting with Victoria’s Secret next week!!!!! I cannot contain my happiness All for You!!!! https://t.co/vsCCOOGQ78— Kelsey Merritt (@kelsmerritt) May 11, 2018
Mark this tweet. Makakapag VS din ako balang araw #lawofattraction— Kelsey Merritt (@kelsmerritt) July 7, 2017
Aside from Victoria’s Secret, she’s also worked with Maybelline Philippines, Kashieca, and Palmolive.
She’s signed to international agencies in Milan, New York, London, Miami, and Los Angeles. She started out being managed by Wilhelmina Models in London and New York, but now she’s managed by Supreme Management in New York, Women Management Milano in Milan, Wilhelmina Models in London, Nomad Management in Miami and LA.