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Kelsey Merritt joins fellow models Sara Sampaio and Jasmine Tookes on yacht trip in Sardinia

Kelsey Merritt looked radiant as ever as she soaked up the sun alongside Sara Sampaio and Jasmine Tookes on a yacht in Sardinia on Saturday.

The model, 24, showcased her jaw-dropping physique as she donned a blue bikini with a white floral pattern.

Posing on the edge of the boat, the Sports Illustrated star let her brunette locks fall loose down her shoulders as she worked on her tan.

Stunning: Sara looked sensational in a tan swimsuit

Wow: Kelsey Merritt (left) and Sara Sampaio (right) looked radiant as ever as they soaked up the sun on a yacht in Sardinia on Saturday

Kelsey also went for a swim during the outing as she was spotted diving into the water before relaxing with her pals on deck.

Kelsey, who has also modelled for Victoria’s Secret, donned a black life jacket as she went surfing.

Fellow Victoria’s Secret star Sara looked incredible as she donned a tan swimsuit that highlighted her toned pins. 

Sara, 30, styled her brunette tresses into an updo while she also sported a pair of sunglasses as the group continued their Italian jaunt. 

Beauty: Also joining them was Jasmine Tookes  (far left) who donned a multi-coloured floral printed dress during their excursion which she wore over a red bikini

Beauty: Also joining them was Jasmine Tookes  (far left) who donned a multi-coloured floral printed dress during their excursion which she wore over a red bikini

Looking good: Posing on the edge of the boat, the Sports Illustrated star let her brunette locks fall loose down her shoulders

Radiant: The model showed off her sun-kissed tan

Looking good: Posing on the edge of the boat, the Sports Illustrated star let her brunette locks fall loose down her shoulders

Fun in the sun: Kelsey and Sara looked in good spirits as they chatted with their pals

Fun in the sun: Kelsey and Sara looked in good spirits as they chatted with their pals 

Jasmine, 30, donned a multi-coloured floral printed dress during their excursion which she wore over a red bikini.

The trio were joined by several other friends on the outing where they also hit the beach and went for a stroll near the shore.    

Sara has strutted her stuff on the catwalk for many of the top fashion designers in the world, which included realising a career goal of working for Victoria’s Secret, which gave her wings in 2015. 

Her career got a major boost when she became the first Portuguese model to appear in the coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue — when she graced the pages in 2014.

Swim: Kelsey, who has also modelled for Victoria's Secret, donned a black life jacket as she went surfing

Swim: Kelsey, who has also modelled for Victoria’s Secret, donned a black life jacket as she went surfing

Flawless: Sara, 30, styled her brunette tresses into an updo while she also sported a pair of sunglasses as the group continued their Italian jaunt

Natural: The star went makeup free on the outing

Flawless: Sara, 30, styled her brunette tresses into an updo while she also sported a pair of sunglasses as the group continued their Italian jaunt

Party: The trio were also joined by several other friends on the outing

Party: The trio were also joined by several other friends on the outing 

Relaxed: The group hit the beach on their outing with Sara seen going for a stroll near the shore

Holiday: Sara wrapped up with a brown blanket

Relaxed: The group hit the beach on their outing with Sara seen going for a stroll near the shore

Success: Sara has strutted her stuff on the catwalk for many of the top fashion designers in the world

Success: Sara has strutted her stuff on the catwalk for many of the top fashion designers in the world

She went on to appear on the covers of various fashion publications, including Marie Claire, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar, among many others.

Sara will next portray principled journalist Marta in Portuguese filmmaker Bruno Gascon’s drama Sombra starring Ana Moreira and Joana Ribeiro.

The film, based on a true story, will next screen at the 24th Shanghai International Film Festival.

In February, Sara played Ines in Nicholas Jarecki’s dismally-reviewed opioid thriller Crisis alongside Armie Hammer, Lily-Rose Depp, and Gary Oldman.

Career: This included realising a career goal of working for Victoria's Secret, which gave her wings in 2015

Career: This included realising a career goal of working for Victoria’s Secret, which gave her wings in 2015

Boost: Her career got a major boost when she became the first Portuguese model to appear in the coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Profile: She went on to appear on the covers of various fashion publications, including Marie Claire, Elle and Harper's Bazaar, among many others

Boost: Her career got a major boost when she became the first Portuguese model to appear in the coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Sensational: Kelsey sported a pair of shimmering diamond earrings and a gold bracelet

Sensational: Kelsey sported a pair of shimmering diamond earrings and a gold bracelet

Role: Sara will next portray principled journalist Marta in Portuguese filmmaker Bruno Gascon's drama Sombra starring Ana Moreira and Joana Ribeiro

Film: The film, based on a true story, will next screen at the 24th Shanghai International Film Festival

Role: Sara will next portray principled journalist Marta in Portuguese filmmaker Bruno Gascon’s drama Sombra starring Ana Moreira and Joana Ribeiro

Sun-kissed: The pair worked on their tans while they chatted with their pals

Sun-kissed: The pair worked on their tans while they chatted with their pals

Meanwhile, Kelsey revealed that she was banned from wearing bikinis by her ‘conservative’ mother – while celebrating her debut in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

She told DailyMail.com that she wasn’t allowed to wear bikinis for much of her upbringing in the Philippines, explaining that her ‘conservative’ Filipino mother wasn’t comfortable with her wearing such revealing designs.

‘Honestly, my mom is so conservative that growing up I couldn’t even wear a bikini, I was not allowed,’ she said, while promoting the new Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue at the publication’s On Location event in Miami.

‘I was not allowed to post bikini pictures [on Instagram]… she’s just very covered.’

Flick: In February, Sara played Ines in Nicholas Jarecki's dismally-reviewed opioid thriller Crisis alongside Armie Hammer, Lily-Rose Depp, and Gary Oldman

Flick: In February, Sara played Ines in Nicholas Jarecki’s dismally-reviewed opioid thriller Crisis alongside Armie Hammer, Lily-Rose Depp, and Gary Oldman

Excursion: Kelsey wrapped up in a white and red top

Excursion: Kelsey wrapped up in a white and red top 

Candid: Kelsey revealed that she was banned from wearing bikinis by her 'conservative' mother - while celebrating her debut in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

History: Kelsey was born in the Phillippines to a Filipina mother and an American father

Candid: Kelsey revealed that she was banned from wearing bikinis by her ‘conservative’ mother – while celebrating her debut in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Interview: She told DailyMail.com that she wasn't allowed to wear bikinis for much of her upbringing in the Philippines

Interview: She told DailyMail.com that she wasn’t allowed to wear bikinis for much of her upbringing in the Philippines

Kelsey said: 'Honestly, my mom is so conservative that growing up I couldn't even wear a bikini, I was not allowed'

Kelsey said: ‘Honestly, my mom is so conservative that growing up I couldn’t even wear a bikini, I was not allowed’

Laid back: Jasmine styled her locks into an updo as she relaxed on the boat with her pals

Laid back: Jasmine styled her locks into an updo as she relaxed on the boat with her pals

Kelsey added: 'I was not allowed to post bikini pictures [on Instagram]... she's just very covered'

Kelsey added: ‘I was not allowed to post bikini pictures [on Instagram]… she’s just very covered’

Cheers: Kelsey was handed a drink by a male pal after going for a surf

Cheers: Kelsey was handed a drink by a male pal after going for a surf 

Early days: Sara won her first modelling competition aged 16 and was signed with an agency

Goal: She made her Victoria's Secret debut in 2013

Early days: Sara won her first modelling competition aged 16 and was signed with an agency

Debut: It would be another two years after that when she made her debut ass an Angel

Debut: It would be another two years after that when she made her debut ass an Angel

Beginnings: Sara grew up on the outskirts of Porto and moved to New York City to further her career

Beginnings: Sara grew up on the outskirts of Porto and moved to New York City to further her career 

However, Kelsey’s conservative upbringing didn’t stop her from pursuing her dream of becoming a model – and she worked hard to ensure that her mother grew to appreciate that she might have to wear skimpier clothing for her job.

‘It took a while to get here to this point where she’s now comfortable that I’m doing this,’ she said.

‘At first… with my first bikini shots [on Instagram] she was like, ‘Take it down! Take it down!’ But I was like, ‘Look, it’s work, you have to understand this.”

And the model remains incredibly close with her mother, who is still based in the Philippines, while Kelsey has since moved to New York in order to focus on her work.

Dive: The model, who donned a bracelet around her ankle, went for a dive during the boat trip

Dive: The model, who donned a bracelet around her ankle, went for a dive during the boat trip

Following: The stunning model boasts over 7.7million followers on Instagram

Following: The stunning model boasts over 7.7million followers on Instagram

Milestone: Sara's first US magazine cover was Maxim back in 2016

Milestone: Sara’s first US magazine cover was Maxim back in 2016

Ambition: Kelsey's conservative upbringing didn't stop her from pursuing her dream of becoming a model

Ambition: Kelsey’s conservative upbringing didn’t stop her from pursuing her dream of becoming a model

Job: She worked hard to ensure that her mother grew to appreciate that she might have to wear skimpier clothing for her job

Job: She worked hard to ensure that her mother grew to appreciate that she might have to wear skimpier clothing for her job


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