Kelsey Merritt, the first Filipina to walk the runway of Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, is presently a hot topic on social media.
Pinanganak ako sa Pilipinas at lumaki ako sa Pampanga. Tinapos ko ang pagaaral ko sa Manila bago ako lumipat sa US last year. Mas pinoy pa dugo ko kesa sa mga “pure” na hindi pa nakatapak sa Pilinipas. I love my country and I’m proud of where I came from. ❤️
— Kelsey Merritt (@kelsmerritt) September 9, 2018
But her “WE DID IT PHILIPPINES!!!!!” announcement on Instagram was greeted by what seemed to be a sneer online.
Netizens pointedly remarked that she’s going to be the “first Filipino-American” and not the “first pure-blooded Filipino” who will be part of the coveted modeling gig.
On Twitter, the thread about her lineage was even more intense.
One referred to her as a “white-looking woman” with “eurocentric features.”
With her now-viral tweet, the Kapampangan beauty slayed the naysayers.
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