PH model Kelsey Merritt shares what it was like to shoot a commercial with Gigi Hadid
MANILA, Philippines – Cosmopolitan Philippines has revealed its pick for their “8 Sexiest Models of 2015.” Model Kelsey Merritt, who also graced the cover of Cosmo Fashion’s second edition, headlined the list.
In an interview with Merritt at the launch party held at 71 Gramercy Thursday, November 5, Kelsey said that it was a great honor to be part of Cosmo’s 8 Sexiest Models for 2015. She did, however, add that she is still the same girl – only with a more exciting career ahead of her.
“They (Cosmo) were trying to get me last year but I was underage. Finally I am of age, finally I’m part of this na,” she added. Kelsey is 19.
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In 2014, photographer BJ Pascual posted several photos of Merritt on his Instagram account. She later signed with international modeling agency Wilhelmina Models.
This year, she flew to New York over her college break and immediately booked campaigns for various brands including a Maybelline commercial with Gigi Hadid.
When asked about her experience shooting alongside the prominent model, Merritt shared that contrary to others’ perception of Hadid, she was actually a very down to earth person.
“If you look at Gigi she has this mysterious, diva effect ‘di ba? I was expecting that.”
“When we shot, it was on a roof deck. Spring time, it was freezing and we were shooting in a dress, super lamig (cold). Everyone’s freezing and then they (other models) had heat warmers and heating pads. But we didn’t.”
“So parang nakita niya na (she saw) we were freezing so she offered her heating pads. We’re like, ‘Gigi, you’re so nice.’ The other two girls, Jourdan (Dunn) and Emily (DiDonato), they didn’t offer, so it’s nice of Gigi to go out of her way and offer.”
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Joining Meritt on this year’s list are Alaiza Malinao, Shermaine de Ramos, Emerald Villahermosa, Emerald Alshammari, Jach Manere, Patch Magtanong and Lisette Bendicion.
Summit Media Editorial Director Myrza Sison explained that this year’s models were chosen not just for their physique but for their good attitudes and confidence in their own skin.
“These women revel in their beautiful diversity and inspire us to emulate their effortless style and sass,” she said.
Cosmo first launched the annual Cosmo’s 8 Sexiest Models list in 1999 – a list that has included Joey Mead, Phoemela Baranda, Rissa Mananquil, and Georgina Wilson, among among others. – Rappler.com