Selita Ebanks Takes Life and Las Vegas by the Horns
by jennifer blossom
Supermodel Selita Ebanks has a two-trip-per-year minimum to Las Vegas, but she sometimes jokes that maybe it should instead be her max. “I always have way too much fun—too much shopping, too much great food, too much partying,” says the supermodel, best known for donning the coveted wings as a Victoria’s Secret angel. “Whenever I’m in Vegas, it feels like the whole world is there. It’s constant, nonstop. I can only bear so much!”
Chasing her from one hot spot to the next during a recent trip, no one would ever know she was feeling like it was “too much.” She bounced from Tao to Lavo to Tao Beach with ease, sipping Champagne and tirelessly dancing with a huge group of friends from home. Out on the town, the down-to-earth New Yorker (she was born in the Cayman Islands but grew up on Staten Island) gives off a Rosario Dawson-esque toughness, like she’s friendly but loyal. In other words, it would be unwise to mess with her—or anyone else in her tight circle.
SELITA'S RISE TO THE RUNWAY
The supermodel hasn’t always lived such a charmed life of celeb-packed pool parties, bubbly and shopping sprees at The Forum Shops. As a child, she spent some time in foster care, and her mother has been on welfare. But Selita always persevered. In high school in New York, she was a star on the debate team and at one point was trying to decide between careers in law or journalism.
She had just completed internships at Vibe and Spin magazines when, at age 17, a scout from the Elite modeling agency spotted her at Six Flags, and her life as she knew it got turned inside out. Just a few months prior, she’d been turned away from an agency’s open call for being too short. (“I’m only five-eight,” she explains. “I just have long legs. It’s almost an illusion.”). To be rejected one moment and sought out another was humbling, she says. “I learned very quickly that whatever you’re doing in life, it’s important to have people behind you who believe in you.”
Selita's Sexiest Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Looks
photographs by indira cesarine
Criss-cross jumpsuit, Juju Costa ($305). jujucostablog.blogspot.com. Corsica heels, Marc Jacobs ($846). The Forum Shops at Caesars; marcjacobs.com. Rose-cut diamond fl ower cuff, Bochic ($23,500). Bags, Belts & Baubles, Wynn Las Vegas, 702-770-3555. Hero bracelet, De Beers ($3,000). The Forum Shops at Caesars; debeers.com. Rhinestone hoops, Giles & Brother by Philip Crangi ($163). Neiman Marcus, Fashion Show mall; neimanmarcus.com. Columbus ring, Charriol ($3,750). The Shoppes at The Palazzo; charriolusa.com