22-Year-Old Model Kelsey Merritt Is First Filipina To Walk Victoria's Secret Runway

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She's only 22 and she's accomplished so much!

Kelsey Merritt is making headlines as it seems like there is nothing she can’t do. At age 22, she is already successful model AND has completed her bachelor’s degree.

The talented and gorgeous model recently got a callback to Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2018 and has been confirmed to walk the runway! 

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Source: Kelsey Merritt’s Instagram

However, her 465k Instagram followers all believe she will go on to do great things.

For people who followed Kelsey’s journey, it comes as no surprise that she’s landed the big stage. According to ABS CBN News, she was scouted by renowned modelling agency Wilhelmina Models, based in London. They offered her a contract whilst studying her AB Communication degree from Ateneo de Manila University.

Most people who pick up a modelling career as a hot prospect often drop out of university when the pace picks up. But for Kelsey, she persevered and managed to do both. She was resolved to not give up on her education for her modelling opportunities.

“I can say that one of the best decisions I’ve made so far is to finish my degree instead of stopping it halfway. ”

Wilhelmina Models suggested she continue her studies online as they wanted her to be based in New York whilst working. But she negotiated with them and balanced modelling in New York and London with continuing her studies in her native Philippines. It wasn’t easy, as she had to catch up on reading material and complete her coursework while inflight!

Since she graduated from university last year, Kelsey first appeared on Victoria’s Secret as a sportswear model in May 2018. Other prominent and beautiful women to feature on Victoria’s Secret include Naomi Campbell, Heidi Klum, Tyra Banks, and Miranda Kerr.

The secret to success

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Source: Kelsey Merritt’s Instagram

When asked what her secret is, Kelsey repeated an age-old truth that balance is key!

“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.”

Now, Kelsey has joined many different modelling agencies! She is represented in Italy by Women Milano in Milan, New York by Supreme Management and all over the US by Nomad MGMT.

Congratulations on becoming an Angel, Kelsey! The future is bright for you.


It goes to show that if you have a dream and stick to it, anything is possible. Share with your friends who need that encouragement!

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