“Can you tell I’m excited?” 

So gushed half-Filipina supermodel Kelsey Merritt in an Instagram post straight from the beautiful beaches of the Bahamas, where she is shooting for the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

Kelsey posted a short video of the shoot on IG. From it you can already tell that Kelsey is the kind of model that needs very minimal to no photo editing at all, even when white sand is all over her back. She is that hot. You can also hear the SI creative staff go “beautiful!” In the background.

You did fine work here, Kelsey. We are so buying the 2019 SI Swimsuit Issue. Finally! And we know it was a very wise choice by SI to include you in the issue because after you slayed it at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show last year there was no way for them to not get you in the magazine.

A little bit of trivia related to this SI shoot for you guys: 

#1 Did you know that the first SI Swimsuit Issue was in 1964? It goes back 55 years, and it is said that the first issue was what made bikinis acceptable to the general public. 

#2 The Kelsey shoot was in Exuma in the Bahamas, where the festival that never happened, Fyre Festival, never happened.