After Kelsey Merritt was confirmed to walk in this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, some Twitter users quickly gave comments that Kelsey "doesn't really represent Filipinas," because of her eurocentric looks. (Kelsey was born to a Filipina mother and American father.)
On September 10, 2018, the model took to Twitter to give a statement saying: "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. [sic.] I love my country and I'm proud of where I came from."
When Kelsey got the VSFS job, she posted a photo of herself with the caption "WE DID IT PHILIPPINES!!!!!! I'm walking in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2018!!!"
Some Twitter users also expressed their support for Kelsey: