International model and now VIVA talent Kelsey Merritt is one of the country’s top models to set foot in the international modelling stage. From being the first Filipina to ever walk in the prestigious Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, she is now conquering the model industry one runway at a time.
There’s no stopping this woman from shining. She just puts her all in what she does best, all the while seeing to it that she’s true to herself and that she’s genuinely happy and confident. Perhaps that’s her secret to effortlessly breathtaking shots…and her latest project with Sports Illustrated Swimsuit is definitely not an exception.
In a moving portrait featured in SI Swimsuit’s website, Kelsey let out some thoughts on beauty and confidence:
“A lot of women struggle to find that confidence and I think it’s because of how people portray what is beautiful. And so if you just discard that, and just own yourself, and own the confidence, you’d be free from all of the burden that you think you have to be.”
The model also shared how it became much easier for this current project with SI Swimsuit. She appreciated the authenticity and how the experience allowed her to just simply have fun and feel beautiful because, really, that’s all that matters:
“The second one felt so easy because they don’t really care. Like they just want you to feel good and feel beautiful, and when you feel beautiful that’s when it looks beautiful. The confidence shows when you are confident.”
See Kelsey’s stunning summer reel here: