Kelsey Merritt back in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue for another year

Kelsey Merritt | Photo courtesy of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit

Filipina American model Kelsey Merritt is once again featured in the 2020 issue of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit.

The 23-year-old model took to Instagram to express her excitement.

“Soooo excited for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit to come out on newsstands July 21st!” she wrote under a photo from her shoot in the Dominican Republic.

Merritt, who was born and raised in Pampanga, Philippines, was part of the magazine’s “rookie class” last year.

She previously hailed Sports Illustrated Swimsuit as “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,” she shared.

“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 added.

Merritt made history as the first Filipina to walk on the Victoria’s Secret fashion show runway in 2018.

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