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LOOK: Kelsey Merritt's 'Sports Illustrated Swimsuit' Photos Are Here

Damn, girl!

Kelsey Merritt has been sharing behind-the-scenes photos and videos from her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit shoot in the Bahamas, and now the feature is out! The model said, “Grateful that I get to be a part of a family that believes in body positivity and embraces diversity in race, culture, age, and body size.”

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She thanked SI Swimsuit editor MJ Day for giving her the opportunity to be part of the magazine issue. MJ posted a sneak peek of Kelsey’s shoot in February, saying, “I have NO WORDS for your gorgeousness!”

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Photographed by Laretta Houston in Great Exuma, Bahamas, Kelsey looks *gorgeous* in the 42 photos on SI’s website. The SI Swimsuit rookie is proud of her stretch marks, and her quote was featured on the brand’s Instagram account.

The magazine issue is fronted by Tyra Banks, who came out of modeling retirement for the swimsuit edition, reporter and model Camille Kostek, and soccer player Alex Morgan.

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