MANILA – Over the weekend, Kelsey Merritt happily announced that she has been chosen to walk in this year’s Victoria’s Secret fashion show, making her the first Filipina to join the highly coveted event.
While many expressed their support and excitement for Merritt, some netizens downplayed her latest success, with some even saying that she is not a “pure Filipina.”
The half-American model could not help but hit back at her bashers, pointing out that she was born and raised in the Philippines.
She added that she only moved to the United States last year, after finishing her studies in Manila.
“Pinanganak ako sa Pilipinas at lumaki ako sa Pampanga,” she said in a Twitter post on Sunday. “Tinapos ko ang pag-aaral 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 added.
In another tweet, Merritt gamely answered a fan in Kapampangan.
Merritt has long set her sights on participating in the iconic Victoria’s Secret fashion show, which has featured the likes of Tyra Banks and Miranda Kerr, to name a few.