Selita Ebanks is an actress and supermodel. She was born in George Town, Grand Cayman on February 15, 1983. As a young girl, her mother encouraged her to join activities involving modeling and acting.
When she was a teenager, she went to Staten Island, New York to study in the university. The British-American has both beauty and brains. She got accepted at Columbia University, Spelman College, and New York University.
She was discovered in an amusement park when she was 17 years old. A modeling agent saw her entering the turnstiles in Six Flags and recruited her to work for Elite Model Management. That was the start of her modeling career.
She quickly broke into the industry and got recognized because of her beauty and her modeling skills. Throughout the years, she has modeled for Levi’s, Abercrombie & Fitch, Ralph Lauren, and Tommy Hilfiger. She has also worked with famous fashion photographers such as Bruce Weber, Carter Smith, Peter Lindbergh, Mikael Jansson, and Steven Klein.
Selita Ebanks later came to work for Victoria’s Secret, modeling their Ipex bras. In 2005, she had her official debut as a Victoria’s Secret Angel in the company’s lingerie fashion show held in 2005. Angels refer to those models that are chosen specifically for the company’s lingerie line, a status that she held until early 2009.
Her being an Angel was one of the major breakthroughs in her career. It allowed her to enjoy more public attention. Tyra Banks was once heard saying that she was proud that the model was able to represent black women in Victoria’s Secret.
One of the highlights of her career as an Angel was being able to model the Holiday Fantasy Bra, which cost $4,500,000. The said bra was decorated with precious stones like emeralds, yellow sapphires, rubies, and diamonds. The sexy bra was featured in the fashion show held on December 4, 2007 and in their special 2007 catalog Christmas Dreams and Fantasies.
Selita Ebanks is one of the few African American women who have been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine’s Swimsuit Edition. She first appeared in the magazine in 2007. Forbes ranked her at number 12 on the list of the 15 highest paid supermodels for 2008, during which she earned $2.7 million.
The model entered the acting scene by having some guest appearances in popular TV shows. On November 26, 2007, she guested in How I Met Your Mother together with other models from Victoria’s Secret. In 2006, she appeared in the short-lived TV drama series South Beach, which was produced by Jennifer Lopez.
Selita Ebanks was featured in a music video for the song “Make Up Bag” performed by The Dream. She was likewise featured in the “Runaway” music video, which was performed by Kanye West. The music video was directed by Kanye West, with whom she used to be romantically linked.