The news is out, Kelsey Merrit is the newest member of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Rookie Class of 2019!
After gracing Victoria’s Secret runway, there is no stopping Kelsey in taking one feat to the other. Kelsey shared on her Instagram account her excitement to be part of the SI Swimsuit class 2019.
I’ve been keeping this a secret for a while, and now I’m so excited I get to finally share with you all that I’m the newest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2019 Rookie!!!
Ahhhthank you @si_swimsuit@mj_day for the opportunity to shoot for this iconic issue!
The Filipino-American model finished her degree in communications from Ateneo de Manila University before flying to New York to try her luck as a model.
“I can say that one of the best decisions I’ve made so far is to finish my degree instead of stopping it halfway,” Kelsey wrote. “I learned so much in Ateneo, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.”
Kelsey auditioned for SI last October with high hopes that she’ll wing this yet another career milestone.
“I really want to be a Sports Illustrated model because I love how confident the models are and I want to show everyone who is looking at these pictures and reading the magazine that they can also be confident in their own skin,” Kelsey shared with Sports Illustrated.
The magazine’s swimsuit issue will be out this May, and Kelsey is joining a stellar roster of models like Lily Aldridge, Gigi Hadid, and Ashley Graham.
Check out some of her outtakes below.