"There is only room for a certain amount of black actresses in this industry, I don't want to fall into the zone of playing the 'ghetto bootalicious baby mama drama,' I want to play something with depth, like a crackhead or something."
- Selita Ebanks
Why Is She Famous?
Best known for being one of the new faces (and figures) of Victoria's Secret, Selita Ebanks has an impressive modeling portfolio, having posed for everyone from Sports Illustrated to Neiman Marcus. She also had a small part on the new UPN show South Beach.
Selita Ebanks was born in Georgetown, Cayman Islands on February 15, 1983. She was raised in a large family that included seven brothers, and because of that, Selita played many sports growing up, such as basketball, football and tennis. But the family was quite poor, living in what Selita later described as "a little blue, zinc-roof shack on Walkers Road." Oftentimes, Selita didn't even have shoes to wear to Georgetown primary school. Yet Selita's family, and her mother in particular, encouraged her development through exposure to extra-curricular programs. Eventually, the young Selita Ebanks found herself moving to America, and she settled on Staten Island. She proved to be a good student in high school, and was later accepted into Columbia and New York University. But Selita's life had already taken an unexpected turn which would put her higher education on hold.
At the age of 17, Selita was discovered by a modeling agent at New Jersey's Six Flags Great Adventure. Ebanks is currently working as a model for Victoria's Secret. She had previously done work for their Ipex Bra line, before being signed. She and fellow up-and-coming model Izabel Goulart made their major début in the 2005 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. She is now officially one of the Victoria's Secret Angels. 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. She made her first appearance on Sports Illustrated's 2007 Swimsuit Issue.
Selita Ebanks started to become an all-around-entertainer. She has recorded some music and appeared on the UPN-series South Beach. Ebanks was engaged to rapper, actor, and comedian Nick Cannon. On October 4, 2007, People magazine announced that the couple has ended their engagement.