Kelsey Merritt returns to Sports Illustrated Swimsuit for second year


Posted at Jul 20 2020 02:53 PM

MANILA -- Kelsey Merritt is back on Sports Illustrated Swimsuit after one year.

The Filipino-American model expressed her excitement for the release of SI Swim's 2020 issue as she shared a photo from her shoot in Dominican Republic on Instagram. 

"Soooo excited for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit to come out on newsstands July 21st!" she said.


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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit also posted a photo and video of Merritt on its Instagram page to promote its upcoming issue.

The model said she considers the magazine "a powerful and iconic brand that celebrates women of all color, size, age, and ethnicity."

"Whenever I see them do something groundbreaking that no one else has done before, I am in awe that I get to call this brand my family. They continue to shatter ceilings for inclusivity. I am so proud and honored at the same time to be amongst the company of strong, confident women that encourage everyone to be their true authentic self," she said.


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Merritt made her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit debut last year as part of its "rookie class."

In 2018, she made history as the first Filipina to walk on the Victoria's Secret fashion show runway.