Selita Ebanks

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Herself on The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show


2/15/1983, George Town, Cayman Islands

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  • Selita Ebanks was born in George Town, Cayman Islands on February 15, 1983. Her father is a Jamaican and her mother is from Cayman Islands. Selita Ebanks is the only girl in a large family with eight children. She grew up in a blue zinc roofed shack and had often to go to the school barefoot. Her mother encouraged her to join extracurricular programs. She moved and settled down in Staten Island. When she was taking law courses in New York University, she was discovered by a modeling agent of Elite Model Management at New Jersey's Six Flags Great Adventure. Six months prior to this she was refused by Ford Modeling Agency with the reason that she doesn't have "it". Immediately she was to be found in the pages of Sports Illustrated, Glamour, Marie Claire, Vogue, and Nylon and the cover of Trace magazine. She appeared in ad's for Clinique, DKNY, Levis, Maybelline, Ralph Lauren, Sprite, Target, Tommy Hilfiger, Victoria's Secret. Women Management in New York signed a contract with Victoria's Secret in 2005, which made her world-famous. At the same time Tyra Banks has retired from being Victoria's Secret Angel and in November 2005 Tyra has passed in Tyra Banks show Victoria's Secret Torch to Selita Ebanks. Since 2005 Selita Ebanks is a spokeswoman to Victoria's Secret and appears regularly in their shows and PR appearances.moreless



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    George Town, Cayman Islands

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    • Selita: (Being asked what she wanted to be at age of ten) Lawyer. I've always been interested in law. I've always liked debating, probably because I have seven brothers I've been fighting with my whole life. My mother always said I should fight with my words.

    • Selita: (Speaking of why nobody should mess with her) You know what? They raised me well, so nobody better mess with me, because of me! I'm a tough cookie.

    • Selita: (Being asked what qualites she looks for in guys) I think it's honesty. I think it's really sad when a guy wants to lie and cheat. Just be honest with me, because then we'll save so much time. My pet peeve is bullshit. I like humorous men, someone who knows how to laugh; someone who is spontaneous and [someone] who can laugh at life and not take it so seriously.

    • Selita: (About wearing thong on the runway) When I found out, I was like, don't you guys want to give me some nice little 'Boy Shorts' or something? And they were like, No, no. The thong is great.

    • Selita: (Being asked if she has replaced Tyra Banks) I think it was a coincidence. She was going out and I was coming in. I think it all just happened at the right time. Tyra's amazing. She said on her talk show that she was passing the torch down, and that was a bit overwhelming! I was like, Excuse me. Don't say that! You're Tyra Banks! Those are some pretty big shoes. It's amazing and it's an honor. Sometimes, people, they do the similarity thing: she's Tyra Banks and I'm Selita Ebanks. This whole thing has just been a coincidence. It's crazy.

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    • Selita Ebanks is a skilled chef. She says, she can make any Caribbean dish. She loves pastas, too and makes her own pastas. Her mother taught her how to make a killer lasagna.

    • Although being photographed for 2007 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Selita Ebanks is afraid of water and fish and cannot swim.

    • Selita Ebanks is interested in writing and calls herself a poetic writer. She has won competitions and awards for her writing in the high school.

    • Selita Ebanks' father is a Jamaican and her mother is from Cayman Island.

    • After Cayman Island's hurricane disaster in September 2004, Selita Ebanks carried down a whole lot of sneakers and shoes sponsored by various shoe companies and distributed them among kids in need.

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