A Victoria’s Secret model is facing backlash after becoming the first Filipina woman to appear in the lingerie brand’s annual televised fashion show.
Earlier this year, Kelsey Merrit took to Instagram to celebrate her milestone casting with her more than 914,000 followers.
In an interview with Teen Vogue, the 21-year-old said, “It feels like a dream. Getting the show is the dream come true but being the first Filipino woman to walk in the show means I’m making history. The show is broadcast on more than 190 countries with models from 20 countries and I got chosen to represent my region. Blessed!”
However, not everyone is happy for the Philippines-born model, with many people from the Filipino community discrediting Merrit’s hire for her “Western” appearance and ability to “pass” as white.
My only issue with Kelsey Merritt, is that you can almost see that she’s pure American. It would not be that difficult for her to get cast as VS as she fits the ff standards: tall, skinny, and white. Why not hire Justine Biticon? Why didn’t Janine walk the VS show?
— Kristina Monarc ♡ (@prymchia) September 8, 2018
The criticism prompted Merritt to take to Twitter and defend her achievement.
“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,” she wrote.
Manny Pacquiao wants to prove ‘not all 40 year olds are finished’ by beating Keith Thurman
Manny Pacquiao has said he’ll be doing it for all the 40 year olds when he goes to war with Keith Thurman in Las Vegas on July 20.
The Filipino boxing icon is an eight-time division world champion but will be the underdog for the first time since his 2015 fight against Floyd Mayweather when he challenges for Thurman’s WBA super welterweight belt.
Trading verbal jabs with the 30-year-old Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs) in an appearance on Fox’s Inside PBC Boxing, which aired on Monday night, Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs) said being the underdog gives him more motivation, however.
“This is the time I want to prove not all 40-year-olds are over, their careers finished. Exercise is my favorite, besides boxing, I always exercise, I play basketball four hours a day. I keep in shape all the time.”
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Tim Duncan is the greatest Spur, followed by David Robinson and George Gervin.
But most beloved? One could make a strong case that honor belongs to one Emanuel David Ginobili, whose flamboyance, intensity, humility and Latin American roots earned him a level of affection in San Antonio that no other player could match.
“He was unlike any other basketball player we had ever seen,” former teammate Sean Elliott said during the ceremony. “He was a magician who stole your breath away.”
In the case of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, that often meant literally.
“I never cursed before I met him,” Popovich joked before the game, remembering the ill-advised passes and out-of-control drives to nowhere that inspired fits of rage.
But there were many more moments of brilliance, providing creativity and unpredictability to a defensive-minded Spurs team that, despite its excellence, sorely needed both.
“Without Manu,” Popovich said, “there were no championships (in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014).”
Said Duncan, “It was all genius. You saw things before anyone else did. You did things nobody else would.”
Ginobili’s cult status in San Antonio is matched by outright deification in his native Argentina, which he led to Olympic gold in 2004 during a national career that covered nearly two decades.
Add it all up, and you have one of the most unique careers in basketball, which ended with Ginobili matching Bill Bradley as the only players in hoops history to win European, Olympic and NBA championships.
Not bad for a kid who grew up on the other side of the world, loving the NBA but never imagining he would be good enough to get that far, let alone be great.
“It was not even a second thought,” Ginobili said. “Not one Argentinian in history had made it to the NBA. So why was it going to be me? There was no way me or anyone that was near me could ever envision a career like this.
“The game gave me so much, I am in debt forever.”
So are we. Gracias, Manu.