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Selita Ebanks (born February 15, 1983) is a Caymanianmarker fashion model. She is best known for her work with Victoria's Secret and as a Victoria's Secret Angel from 2005-2009.

Biography

Early life

Selita Ebanks was born on February 15, 1983 in George Townmarker, Grand Caymanmarker, Cayman Islandsmarker, a British Overseas Territory. She was raised in a large family that includes seven brothers. Influenced by her brothers, Ebanks played many sports growing up, such as basketball, soccer and tennis. The Ebanks family was quite poor, living in what she described as "a little blue, zinc-roof shack on Walkers Road". Often, Ebanks didn't have shoes to wear to George Town primary school. Her family, her mother in particular, encouraged her development through extracurricular programs.

Education

Ebanks moved to the United States, and settled in Staten Islandmarker, New York. After moving to New York City she was accepted at Spelman College, Columbia University, and New York Universitymarker. However, she graduated from none of these institutions. She had planned to study Law before she started modeling.

Career



At 17 years old, while walking through the turnstiles at Six Flags Great Adventuremarker, Ebanks was scouted by an agent from Elite Model Management. Ebanks worked with some of the world's most noted photographers, including Peter Lindbergh, Bruce Weber, Steven Klein, Carter Smith and Mikael Jansson, and for some of the most quintessential American fashion campaigns, including Ralph Lauren, Abercrombie & Fitch, Levi's and Tommy Hilfiger.

Ebanks first modeled for Victoria's Secret for their Ipex Bra line, before being signed as an Angel. She and fellow up-and-coming model Izabel Goulart made their major d├ębuts in the 2005 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, working as an Angel until early 2009. She views Tyra Banks as a mentor. In 2005, Tyra Banks said she was proud of Ebanks to be representing for black women at Victoria's Secret.

Ebanks made a special guest appearance on How I Met Your Mother (episode: "The Yips") on November 26, 2007 with her fellow Victoria's Secret supermodels (Miranda Kerr, Heidi Klum, Adriana Lima, Marisa Miller, and Alessandra Ambrosio).

She made her first appearance on Sports Illustrated's 2007 Swimsuit Issue.

She has recorded some music and appeared on the UPN-series South Beach.

Selita, while promoting Victoria Secret, was booed at Gillette Stadiummarker while at a New England Patriots vs. Philadelphia Eagles game in Foxboro for a Victoria's Secret promotion.

She will be joining the third season of Celebrity Apprentice.

Personal life

Ebanks was engaged to rapper, actor, and comedian Nick Cannon. On October 4, 2007, People magazine announced that the couple ended their engagement.

References

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  2. " Selita Ebanks".Sports Illustrated,Retrieved on 2007-06-08.
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  9. "[6]"startribune,Retrieved on 2007-06-08.


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