Kelsey Merritt’s Stunning White String Bikini Is the Star of Her Beachside Vacation

The SI Swimsuit model recently checked off a bucket list destination.
Kelsey Merritt

Kelsey Merritt.

While many of us have packed away our swimwear for the immediate future and are embracing cozy sweaters and boots for the time being, Kelsey Merritt is hitting the beach. 

The three-time SI Swimsuit star shared an Instagram carousel of seaside pics from her recent trip to the Galápagos Islands in Ecuador. In the cover snapshot, Merritt stood in the surf in a white string bikini as she went to push her wet locks back from her face. She strutted through the sand out of the water while facing away from the camera in another photo that provided a better glimpse at her textured Gigi C bikini, which she accessorized with a dainty pair of gold hoop earrings. 

The 27-year-old Filipino-American model also included snapshots and video footage of her surroundings, including wildlife, in her Oct. 25 post.

“📌 Galapagos been a dream destination of mine !” she noted in her caption.

Plenty of Merritt’s two million followers on the platform chimed in to the comments section to remark on her idyllic-looking trip.

“Damn sister!!!🔥,” 2023 SI Swimsuit Issue cover star Brooks Nader gushed.

“Always dreamed to go 😍,” one-time SI Swimsuit model Sofia Resing noted. 

“🔥🔥🔥,” Olivia Culpo, 2020 magazine cover star, added in the form of emojis.

Merritt is no stranger to posing in swimwear, and has worked with SI Swimsuit in the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic and Hollywood, Fla. In addition to her work with the brand, she’s also walked the runway for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

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Cara O’Bleness


Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.