Kelsey Merritt can now list Sports Illustrated Rookie under her international career belt as the Fil-Am model flaunts her bikini bod in this month's swimsuit issue.
Kelsey writes to her 1.4 million Instagram followers how "grateful that [she gets] to be a part of a family that believes in body positivity and embraces diversity in race, culture, age and body size." Prior to the issue's release, Sports Illustrated launched a social media campaign meant to "shatter perceptions."
Kelsey shared an empowering quote along with other rookies like Halima Aden (A.K.A. the first woman to sport a hijab and burkini in the mag), model Winnie Harlow, beauty queen Olivia Culpo, and more. The newly-minted Victoria's Secret model says that stretch marks are sexy.
Way to go, Kelsey!