MANILA – The opportunities just keep on coming for Kelsey Merritt.
Last Sunday, the New York Post published an article about Merritt’s journey as a model, from her humble beginnings in Pampanga to her stint in the iconic lingerie brand Victoria’s secret.
“I still can’t believe I was on New York Post this Sunday! Thank you for featuring my journey,” the Filipino-American model said in an Instagram post on Tuesday.
In the article, which was also published online, Merritt said she felt like she “won a beauty pageant” when she was able to get a spot in the Victoria’s Secret fashion show.
But she admitted that there was a time in her life that she felt insecure, particularly when she moved from Pampanga to Manila for college.
“I was insecure because [my classmates] were so posh,” said Merritt, who studied at Ateneo de Manila University. “I was never comfortable. Whenever I spoke Filipino, they’d talk back to me in English.”
“I was a little embarrassed about my English because of my accent, but [now I know] there’s nothing to be embarrassed about.”
After graduating in 2017, Merritt moved to New York to work full-time as a model.
She eventually caught the eye of Victoria’s Secret, which asked her to audition for the brand’s fashion show.
“I went to church and prayed,” she said after her audition. “I said, ‘This is all in your hands now.’”
As she prepares to grace the Victoria’s Secret runway in New York on November 8, Merritt is forever honored and thankful for the opportunity.
“Every single model will tell you it’s their dream job. The roster of girls is just the best of the best, and to be part of that is just – you feel like you made it.”