Kelsey Merritt Turns Heads On The Cover Of Metro Society’s Anniversary Issue
October marks Metro Society’s birthday month and so the month’s issue is always a very special one. Page after page, feast your eyes on well-curated, lovingly produced stories of empowered women who are chasing after dreams, creating change, and changing lives in every small and big way imaginable.
Gracing the illustrious Anniversary cover is none other than Pinay supermodel making waves in NYC, Kelsey Merritt. Dressed in the most extravagant, drop dead gorgeous FW'18 fashion from Marc Jacobs, glammed up in beautiful, rich hues and metallics from Pat McGrath Labs, photographed by amazing photographer Paul Sunga, and interviewed by fantastic writer Shai Lagarde—Kelsey strutted her stuff in the gritty, busy streets of Brooklyn, looking every bit as the model off to conquer the Big Apple.
She has definitely come into her own, sharing how her experience has been so far since making it out, officially, in New York, and landing that coveted VS Show job. It is no walk in the park, that's for sure, but Kelsey makes it look like a breeze.
In this Metro Society exclusive, Kelsey opens up about the magnificent moment that was: finding out that she was one of the 50 chosen to join the ranks of Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, Gisele Bündchen, and Adriana Lima in the upcoming Victoria’s Secret show.
Photograph by Paul Sunga
“I feel like, being a model, it’s a given,” she says. “It’s what you aspire to be. If you ask every single model what their dream job is, it’s to work for VS. But it seemed too unattainable.” Well, it wasn’t, and Kelsey has truly made it. Kelsey has definitely made history, booking this job to walk the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, a job that puts her name on the map not only as a top model, but also—by her own choice—as a Filipina. “I feel like it hasn’t sunk in yet,” she says. “But it’s changed how I see (the shows). Now, I’m actually watching to learn from the past girls. Wow, I’m going to be one of them! I never thought I’d ever walk for VS, or even work with them. I was wrong to limit myself, and not dream as big as I should have.”
WE DID IT PHILIPPINES!!!!!! ???????????? What an honor it is to be the first Filipino to walk in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2018!!! Ahhhhhh I can’t believe this!! Thank you soooo much @johndavidpfeiffer, @monica.mitro, @10magazine, and @ed_razek for making my dream come true!! ?????? And to my agents at @suprememgmt @nomadmgmt @romanyoung @david_kimm @marissasurmenkow thank you for believing in me and being there for me throughout this journey!! ?????? But most of all thank you to all my followers you guys are my rock!!! I couldn’t have done this without you guys. Thank you for your never ending support I LOVE Y’ALL para sainyo to!!!?????????? #VSFashionShow
Following the cover story is the main feature of Women Who Dare, the magazine’s second one yet. Turn the page and learn the amazing journeys these women have gone through to overcome adversity and really, truly change the world.
Get to know these powerful, inspiring women: Nika Diwa, who helps women break free and reclaim themselves through stylish and powerful ensembles that celebrate their individuality and bring them joy; Marga Nograles, who has set her sights on helping others have better lives through her label Kaayo Modern Mindanao; Rosenthal Tee, who is fully immersed in the unfolding of her passion and dream to make waves in fashion locally and globally; Lynn Pinugu, who is truly making a difference as co-founder of She Talks Asia and as Managing Director of Mano Amiga; and the recently crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas Miss Tourism International Aya Fernandez, who is fueled with passion and real purpose to represent the country well.
Be inspired with their stories of living in pursuit of their dreams, and making a world of change along the way.
Meet the creative minds behind Roche Bobois "Interactions." ???? • Tonight at @rocheboboisph's "Interactions" Auction Exhibition. ???? The luxury furniture brand collaborated this year with 10 creative Filipinos distinguished in their fields, each creating their own iteration of the brand's iconic, stylish Maj Jong Sofa: Bobby Mañosa, Ed Calma, Bea Valdes, Vito Selma, Paloma Urquijo-Zobel, Chat Fores, Jojo Lofranco, Geraldine Javier, Cos Zicarelli, and Nikki Luna. • Eugene Lorenzana, managing director of Roche Bobois Philippines, explained: "We wanted to have a diverse mix of collaborators so we selected first based on the field of expertise-architecture, interior design, art, fashion, and industrial design. Then we selected based on their achievements and how each has contributed to art, culture, and even commerce. With their talent, passion, and individualism, all 10 collaborators reflect the spirit of the Mah Jong." Hence, this collaboration truly is a display of Filipino culture and ingenuity to the world of design. • There simply is no piece of Roche Bobois furniture that is more adaptable than the Mah Jong Sofa. Created in 1971 by Hans Hopfer with the goal to provide total freedom and form, this iconic signature piece has been "dressed" by prominent fashion houses such as Missoni Home, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Kenzo Takada. • In "Interactions," each collaborator and artist created just one Mah Jong sofa, and pieces were auctioned off at the Mah Jong exhibition launch tonight at Whitespace Manila. A great success, each piece will truly be prized pieces in any home. A portion of the proceeds from the sale will be going to the artists' chosen charities, including the main beneficiary Asian Cultural Council (ACC) Philippines Foundation, Inc. PAWS, Tukod Foundation, and AHA Learning Center. . . . #RocheBobois #Interactions #Exhibit #MahJongSofa #Artists #Creatives #Benefit #Cause #creative #artist #furniture #design #interiors #furniturepiece #iconic #presentation #auction #designers #designer #charity #goodcause #tonight
Afterwards, discover the iconic French luxury furniture brand Roche Bobois as the iconic Mah Jong sofa interacts with the artistry of 10 creative Filipinos, resulting in splendid visions, in "Interactions." The Metro teams visited the artists in each of their spaces to see the making of and the very inspirations behind their interpretations of the icon.
Then, go inside the studio of Wynn Wynn Ong as she gives a preview of what is to come in the magazine’s upcoming event with her—the KaLIKHAsan ball at the Metropolitan Museum this November.
Also in this issue, find your seat at the table at a fashionable dinner by Happy Ongpauco-Tiu for her friends at home, her beautiful collection of plates from around the world on a magnificent display. Then, fly off to Iceland with The Spoiled Mummy, Grace Baja, as she revels in magnificent Mother Nature, seeing all the sights to be seen with her family.
Soooo excited to share with you My Plate Library---now i can invite friends to come over and choose their plates for their upcoming Private Dining events... ??? Aside from that, im excited to host special occasions in my new private Dining Room too!!! A place made for building Happy Memories around the Dinner Table ? #PrivatediningbyHappyConceptGroup #HappyConceptgroup
For wellness and beauty, discover a masterpiece in La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream and get long and lean with one-on-one sessions at Options Pilates Studio. Then, get to know Rach Sayed and Kimi Martinez of SSI, as they rep their luxury fashion brands and show off a few of their favorite things.
Metro Society ends the birthday celebration with the launch of a new column, Mr. Manners by Monchet Olives, at the back—a write-up on etiquette that will surely be devoured in seconds.
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