When she is not walking the runway as one of Victoria’s Secrets’ divine ‘Angels’ or starring in Kanye West’s ‘Runaway‘ film Selita Ebanks life may seem picture-glamourous. However, it hasn’t been all lights, camera, & strut for this self-professed ‘Tomboy’; there have definitely been humbling experiences to match her successes.
On an interview with Sway Calloway for MTV, Ebanks recalled a fateful time nearly a decade ago when she was ’dismissed’ by the ’amazing Ms. Anna Wintour‘ and lost her chance at a Vogue magazine cover. Ebanks recalls wearing ‘Timberland boots’ and ‘corduroy high-water flooded beige pants with a button-down plaid shirt’ at this chance encounter with Wintour who is the Editor-in-cheif of Vogue magazine; ”I remember walking in – Trudy, from Vogue at the time, she looks at me startled and I didn’t understand why. I was like, ‘What up? Who am I here to meet?’”
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Ebanks remembered being told to just remove her jacket and be herself and with that she walked “into the officed, I got maybe two steps into the room and I look and it’s amazing Ms. Anna Wintour. She goes [gestures a dismissive wave] and dismisses me”. Ebanks added “Needless to say my cover did not come out, to say the least, and I have never shot Vogue magazine.”
At 27, Ebanks recalls the experience as a valueable lesson adding “Now that I reflect back on it- and this goes back to my advice for these young women – is to always do your homework”. Ebanks adds “Always be aware, don’t just take people’s word for it and walk into a room. I should’ve asked, ‘Who am I here to see? Who will be in the room?’ But this is something you life and you learn.”
Since the dismissal from Vogue has most notably been seen in Sports Illustrated as well as campaigns for Victoria’s Secret. Her film credits include Celebrity Apprentice, The-Dream’s music video for ‘Make Up Bag’ and most recently playing a fallen Phoenix for Kanye West’s full-length film Runaway.
See Ebanks in Kanye’s film Runaway in the video below.
Did you know Selita’s favorite color is green? Ebanks is also from the Cayman Islands and loves to cook.
To learn more about Selita Ebanks including, go direct to the source by checking out her blog here.
Of course no article would be complete without mentioning a beauty tip from Ebanks herself. For blemishes, Ebanks admits ”I’m old-school. I like to put some nice, white Colgate toothpaste [on blesmishes]. If I don’t have my prescription spot stuff, I just use toothpaste.” Ebanks adds that with this remedy a pimple ”dries out after about two nights. You put it on at bedtime and it’s better than not treating it at all. And also, it almost has a bleaching agent so it prevents redness”.
While the toothpaste remedy may be more commonly known, you might be wondering how to achieve Ebanks’ look. From observation, Ebanks typically makes her eyes and skin the focul point. While she has been known to pair red lips with satin skin, her trademark look is more about luminous caramel skin, soft & flirty eyes, with a soft-nude glossy lip.
Here are some tips to acheive her look:
Eyes: Lines your eyes with a dark brown or black pencil liner, set with a matte eyeshadow of a similiar color softening the look by smudging the line a bit. Don’t forget to wing-out the liner/shadow combo for a cat-eyed effect. For night-time or more intesity add a bit of black liquid eyeliner for a more dramatic look. Also add a shimmer light color towards the inner corners of your eyes as well as brow bone and a taupe color one or two shades darker than your natural skin color to the crease.
Lips: Line your lips with a nude lip-pencil for definition and go over the entire lip with a flesh-tone or caramel-nude gloss that allows your natural lipcolor to be revealed.
Face: Heavy foundation should be skipped but if you need a bit of coverage, use a tinted moisturizer in order to allow your skin to be seen. Ebank’s makeup always looks natural and effortless while her eyes and lips usually are where the drama takes place. Highlight the bridge of your nose, forehead and cheekbones with a liquid luminator or powder highlight if you have oily skin. Apply a light mixture of peach blush and bronzer at the hollows of your cheeks to emphasize your bone structure.