Kelsey Merritt keeps making history.
The Filipina-American model has landed her first ever Sports Illustrated photo shoot, which according to an Instagram update this morning, February 18, will be coming out in the magazine's May issue. Her rookie shoot was apparently done at Exuma Islands in The Bahamas.
She wrote, "I’ve been keeping this a secret for a while, and now I’m so excited I get to finally share with you all that I’m the newest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2019 Rookie! Thank you Sports Illustrated (@si_swimsuit @mj_day) for the opportunity to shoot for this iconic issue!"
A Sports Illustrated shoot is considered quite a huge achievement in a model's career. Superstars the likes of Beyonce, and supermodels like Ashley Graham, Kate Upton, Gigi Hadid, Irina Shayk, Chrissy Teigen and more, did photo shoots with the magazine in the early days of their successful careers.
And the blessings don't stop there for Kelsey: her nighttime skincare routine was recently featured in Harper's Bazaar's Youtube channel. You can watch that here:
Kelsey is the first Filipina model to walk Victoria's Secret runway, cementing her place as a Filipino icon for the rest of time.
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