If you’re looking to break into the modeling world, there are a few different options. You can work with fashion designers by walking their latest catwalk shows during Fashion Week for big brands like Gucci and Louis Vuitton or on social media as an influencer – posting sponsored content from companies in return for money or free products. The options are there, but oftentimes, they can be very intertwined. While not every model on Instagram has the traditional modeling experience, you will probably not be able to find any catwalk model who doesn’t also have a social media presence and following. One such example is Kelsey Merritt.
Kelsey Merritt was born in the Philippines. Before she became a model, Kelsey was working in a coffee shop as a 15-year-old teenager. But that didn’t last long. Kelsey started her career by working for the famous makeup brand Maybelline. Later the young model appeared in many advertisements of the brand. Kelsey also became the first Filipino model to walk at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show, making great headlines everywhere. Kelsey shared her enthusiasm with her fans by posting on Instagram how excited she was to be the first Filipino woman walking for the Victoria’s Secret show. Representing her country to such a big international audience was not only an honor, but Kelsey Merritt recalls it as being one of the proudest moments in her life. Nowadays, she is living out some of that pride and continues to work for Victoria’s Secret, modeling their sports line alongside continuing with fitness modeling by staying healthy and going through rigorous workouts.
While being a model often comes with creating the perfect body image, Kelsey likes to promote body positivity by posting pictures with visible stretch marks. Even though her fans and followers might see her as the ideal representation of beauty, Kelsey likes to show that little “imperfections” are part of everyone’s body.
However, the young influencer and model doesn’t just present and take care of her outer appearance. Before entirely devoting herself to the modeling career, Kelsey Merritt was busy getting her university degree. Of course, it wasn’t easy to balance her job with her education. Especially since being a model is one of those jobs that require a lot of traveling. Constantly going back and forth between countries and trying to catch up with lessons and exams made Kelsey think many times about quitting university and solely focusing on modeling. But regardless of the difficulties, Kelsey pushed through and finished her degree. Today the successful young woman is only glad that she got her degree and didn’t end up quitting. For many young members of her audience, that might be an inspiration to pursue education as well.
Another major part of Kelsey Merritt is her personal life. She is currently dating the two-time Olympic gold medalist Conor Dwyer. The two of them have already been together for three years and like showing their love on social media by sharing some insights about their relationship.