Selita Ebanks

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Selita Ebanks
SelitaEbanksJun09.jpg
Ebanks in June 2009
Born (1983-02-17) 17 February 1983 (age 35)
George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Nationality  Cayman Islands
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Hair color Brown/Red
Eye color Brown[2]
Agency
  • Elite Model Management (Amsterdam)
  • Traffic Models (Barcelona)
  • Place Models (Hamburg)
  • Two Management (Los Angeles)
  • MP MEGA MIAMI (Miami Beach)[3]

Selita Ebanks (born 17 February 1983) is a Cayman-born model and actress.[4] Ebanks has worked for high fashion brands Neiman Marcus and Ralph Lauren, and appeared in magazines such as the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Vogue, and Glamour, but she is best known for her work with Victoria's Secret, as one of the brand's "Angels" from 2005 to early 2009.[4]

Early life[edit]

Born of African descent[2] to a Jamaican father and a Caymanian mother[5] in George Town, Grand Cayman,[2] Ebanks was raised in a large family that included seven brothers. Her family, her mother in particular, encouraged her development through extracurricular programs. She moved to the United States and settled in Staten Island, where she graduated from Curtis High School. She was accepted to attend undergraduate studies at Columbia University and New York University, but instead chose to pursue modeling.[4] In 2000,[6] at the age of 17,[4] while walking through the turnstiles at Six Flags Great Adventure, Ebanks was scouted by an agent from Elite Model Management.[7]

Career[edit]

Ebanks made her debut in February 2001 at the fall show for Tuleh. After working for the likes of Catherine Malandrino, James Coviello, Abercrombie & Fitch, and DKNY, she signed a contract with Victoria's Secret in 2005.[6]

Ebanks first modeled for Victoria's Secret for their Ipex Bra line, before being signed as an Angel.[8] She and Izabel Goulart made their major débuts in the 2005 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show,[8] working as an Angel until 2008. In 2005, Tyra Banks said she was proud of Ebanks to be representing black women at Victoria's Secret.[9]

In 2007, Ebanks was selected to wear the "Very Sexy" Holiday Fantasy Bra Set with a price tag of $4,500,000 dollars that contains diamonds, emeralds, rubies and yellow sapphires—which she wore in the Victoria's Secret "Christmas Dreams and Fantasies 2007" catalogue. She also wore the fantasy bra set during the Victoria's Secret fashion show on December 4, 2007.

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

According to Forbes, Ebanks ranked the twelfth highest paid supermodel for 2008, earning $2.7 million.

She appeared in Sports Illustrated's 2007 Swimsuit Issue.[7] She is now a reoccurring character in BET's Husband's of Hollywood where she plays the love interest of comedian Kevin Hart.

Beyond modeling

Ebanks appeared on the third season of Celebrity Apprentice, but was fired in week 5 on April 11, 2010, placing 9th.[10] Previously, she recorded music[4] and appeared on the UPN-series South Beach.

She is featured in The-Dream's music video for the single "Make Up Bag",[11] as well as Kanye West's 2010 short film Runaway, playing a fallen phoenix with whom West's character falls in love.

Ebanks also appeared in a commercial for State Farm Insurance alongside actor/model Mehcad Brooks.[12]

Ebanks also has her own line of swimwear,accessories and shoes called Sass which stands for Selita's Accessories Shoes and Swimwear. The line was seen on the BET Rip The Runway 2012 which she hosted alongside Pooch Hall.

Selita Ebanks was to star in the ABC Family (now Freeform) TV series called "Nicki" based on the life of music sensation Nicki Minaj along side Ariana Neal, Wesley Jonathan and McCarrie McCausland. Whoopi Goldberg and J.B. Smoove as guest star. But according to The Hollywood Reporter, Freeform has cancelled their series. Ebanks was to play Grace, Nicki's mother. Production began in January 2016.[13] In October 2016, Minaj stated the filming was postponed.[14]

Selita Ebanks will be seen in the MTV's The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars (season 3) which premieres April 17, 2018.[15][better source needed]

Personal life[edit]

She was engaged to comedian Nick Cannon for five months.[16]

She dated Terrence J from 2011 to 2013 until they called it quits.[17]

Philanthropy[edit]

Ebanks has run her own talent school "Stardom Youth Foundation" since 2004[6] in her hometown Cayman Islands, providing career guidance for teenagers.[5]

She also formed a charity organization, "Women’s Coalition for Empowerment and Opportunity", after a trip to Sierra Leone in 2008. The organization helps to support women’s educational and professional programs in the civil war-torn African nation.[5]

She joined the Cash&Rocket tour in 2013[18] and 2014[19] raising more than $1 million for women and children all over the world.[20]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2018 The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars (season 3) Herself
2017 Uncorked Herself
2017 Hip Hop Squares Herself 2 episodes
2014 Catfish: The TV Show Herself
2013 Real Husbands of Hollywood Herself 7 episodes
2011 Hawaii Five-0 Lisa Cole 1 episodes
2010 Runaway (2010 film) Phoenix
2010 The Apprentice (U.S. season 9) Herself 5 episodes
2007 How I Met Your Mother Herself

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