She did it!

Kelsey Mer­ritt makes his­tory as first Fil-Am to fea­ture at VSFS

Tempo - - Entertainment - By NEIL RAMOS

WHAT was once a dream has be­come re­al­ity for Kelsey Mer­ritt.

On Thurs­day, Nov. 8 (Nov. 9 lo­cal time), the Pam­panga-born stun­ner made fash­ion his­tory as the first-ever Filip­ina to strut on the run­way of Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret Fash­ion Show (VSFS).

The an­nual event, a soughtafter gig for mod­els the world over, was held this year at Pier 94 in New York City.

Mer­ritt was tapped for the PINK seg­ment of the fash­ion show along with fel­low new­com­ers Win­nie Har­low, Bar­bara Palvin, and Lorena Rae.

Other seg­ments of the fash­ion show in­clud­ing “Glam Royal,” “Golden Girls,” “Flights of Fan­tasy,” saw the ap­pear­ance of fash­ion stars Adri­ana Lima, Ken­dall Jen­ner, Gigi Ha­did, and Bella Ha­did, among oth­ers.

In a se­ries of up­dates on In­sta­gram, Mer­ritt shared pho­tos of her be­ing prepped up for her turn on the cat­walk.

She also shared a photo of her with Lima cap­tion­ing it, “Grow­ing up watch­ing the @vic­to­ri­asse­cret fash­ion show, I wanted to be like @adri­anal­ima! She is such an in­spi­ra­tion.”

The model cel­e­brated her cast­ing on VSFS via In­sta­gram in Septem­ber, but some Pi­noys ac­tu­ally dis­cred­ited her for it claim­ing she was only cast in the show be­cause she looks more Cau­casian than Filipino and that she has “Euro­cen­tric fea­tures.”

“My only is­sue with Kelsey Mer­ritt, is that you can al­most see that she’s pure Amer­i­can,” one tweet went. “It would not be that dif­fi­cult for her to get cast as VS as she fits the ff stan­dards: tall, skinny, and white.” Some­one else added, “As much as I’m happy for Kelsey Mer­ritt that she got into VS, I just wish she looked more like the av­er­age Filip­ina.”

That said, there were plenty oth­ers who came to Mer­ritt’s de­fense.

Mer­ritt her­self took to Twit­ter to ad­dress the back­lash.

“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,” she wrote.

(In­sta­gram)

KELSEY Mer­ritt

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