Kelsey Merritt made Victoria's Secret history when she became the first Filipino model to be released in the brand's annual show, but before she hit the runway, she hit back critics accusing her & # 39; white & # 39; to be.
The 22-year-old model celebrated her casting on Instagram in September and wrote: & WE HAVE THE PHILIPPINES !!!!!! What an honor it is to be the first Filipino to run in the Victoria & # 39; s Secret Fashion Show 2018 !!! Ahhhhhh I can not believe this! & # 39;
While many people congratulated Kelsey, some members of the Philippine community have discredited its achievement by claiming that it is going to "white" & # 39; and & # 39; eurocentric features & # 39; has.
Crossing borders: Kelsey Merritt made Victoria's Secret history when she became the first Filipino model to run in the annual show of the brand on Thursday
Outrage: the 22-year-old model, who is half Filipina, got criticism from critics who claimed that she was only cast in the show because she & # 39; blank passing & # 39; is and & # 39; eurocentric features & # 39; has
My sole problem with Kelsey Merritt is that you can almost see that she is purely American, & # 39; tweeted a woman. & # 39; It would not be as difficult for her to be cast as US if she meets the FF standards: long, thin and white.
Why not hire Justine Biticon? & # 39; she added, referring to the half Filipino and half-Mexican model.
& # 39; As much as I am happy for Kelsey Merritt that she came in the US, I wish she looked more like the average Filipina, & # 39; someone else added. & # 39; She is beautiful, yes, but if you say & # 39; first Filipia US model & # 39 ;, would I just want them not to look so … white? & # 39;
Kelsey, who is half Filipina, was born in the Philippines to a Filipino mother and a white American father.
As Filipina writer Isis Briones noted in her article for Teen Vogue, a number of the Philippines & # 39; famous actors, singers and models often multi-racial with lighter skin because it meets the ideal beauty standards of the country. & # 39;
Emotional moment: Kelsey celebrated her casting on Instagram in September and wrote: & # 39; What an honor it is to be the first Filipino to run in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2018! & # 39;
Criticism: a woman claimed that it is not so difficult & # 39; was for Kelsey to be cast in the show, because she is tall, thin and white & # 39; is
Argument: Another person said that her casting was not a representation example because she 's white & # 39;
Advice: this Twitter user said that she was happy for the model, but wished she did not look so … & white; & # 39;
Explanation: One woman explained that the Philippine community wants equal representation
Although that offers few opportunities for someone else in the entertainment industry, she noted that attacking Kelsey is counterproductive & # 39; is.
There were also enough Twitter users who came to Kelsey's defense, with one person noticing that she & # 39; s not looking for a white period & # 39;
& # 39; You can talk about the unfair beauty standard of the Pinoy community without discrediting that she is Filipina and she [identifies] as one, "explained the Twitter user.
Kelsey followed Twitter a few days after she announced her casting to tackle the backlash.
& # 39; 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 & # 39; pure & # 39; after hindi pa nakatapak sa [Pilipinas]. I love my country and I am proud of where I came from, she wrote.
Translation: & # 39; I was born in the Philippines and grew up in Pampanga. I finished my school in Manila before moving to the US last year. My blood is more Philippine than the & # 39; pure & # 39; who have never set foot on the Philippines, "tweetted Kelsey in response to the backlash
Kickback: Many Twitter users came to Kelsey's defense. One person argued that you can discuss dishonest standards of beauty without discrediting the model being Filipina
Background: Kelsey was born in the Philippines to a Filipino mother and a white American father
The Philippine part of her tweet translates to, & # 39; I was born in the Philippines and grew up in Pampanga. I finished my school in Manila before moving to the US last year.
& # 39; My blood is more Philippine than the & # 39; pure & # 39; who have never set foot on the Philippines. & # 39;
A few hours before the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show began on Thursday, she revealed that the criticism would not come to her.
"People will always have their opinion about you, despite who you are … I would like to tell them that I am just myself, & # 39; she said.
Kelsey told Teen Vogue that she wants to see more Southeast Asian models in the fashion industry.
Big moment: the model smiled all while becoming primed and spoiled backstage for Thursday night's show, aired on December 2nd
Already looking back: The morning after she had performed her stuff on the runway, Kelsey celebrated her appearance in the show on Twitter
& # 39; If you ever visit the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and other countries, the women are so beautiful and charismatic, she said.
"With the fact that Crazy Rich Asians are so big hits, I hope that the industry is more and more about the richness and culture of my people."
The morning after she had done her stuff on the runway, Kelsey celebrated her appearance in the show, which will be aired on ABC on December 2nd.
& # 39; Soooo this has just happened !!!!! Ahhhhh was a dream yesterday and it is so much more than I ever imagined !!! & # 39; they tweeted along with a photo of themselves on the runway.
& # 39; I can not thank @victoriassecret enough for giving me the chance to run this fashion show this year !! & # 39;