Victoria’s Secret’s First Filipina Model Responds to Critics Saying She Looks Too ‘White’

Kelsey Merritt, the first Filipina on Victoria’s Secret’s runway, is enjoying her success in the recently-concluded fashion show.

In a new Instagram post, the 22-year-old model shared that all she has been doing in the last few days is looking at photos from the show in New York City.

Image via Instagram / @kelseymerritt

“All I’ve been doing the past days is looking at photos from the #VSFashionShow and I can’t take the smile off of my face,” Merritt wrote. “I’m one happy girl.”

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The afterparty 💥#VSFashionShow

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Merritt, who was born to an American father and a Filipino mother, was named one of the models to walk the highly-coveted runway in September.

Her callback has since drawn mixed reactions from Filipino netizens, who are torn about her representation as a “Filipina.”

Merritt, an AB Communication graduate from Ateneo de Manila University, has responded to negative comments, pointing out that her blood is “more Filipino” than those who have never set foot on the Philippines.

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It reads: “I was born in the Philippines and I grew up in Pampanga. I finished my school in Manila before I moved to the US last year. My blood is more Filipino than the ‘pure’ who have never set foot in the Philippines.”

While critics may remain unconvinced of Merritt’s merit, a wave of Filipino supporters expressed pride in her accomplishment.

Featured Images via Instagram / @kelseymerritt

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