Victoria's secret supermodels celebrate Esquire's 75th anniversary

January 16, 2008 11:25:28 AM PST
Esquire, the original men's magazine and the premier authority on men's lifestyle, is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year. To pay tribute to the magazine's storied history, Esquire will re-create and reinterpret four of its iconic covers in the coming months. Beginning with the February 2008 issue, Esquire will re-create and reinterpret an iconic cover from the magazine's past, four times in the coming months. In February, Esquire has revamped its timeless Angie Dickinson cover pose first recreated in 2003 by Britney Spears, with the four Victoria's Secret supermodels Adriana Lima, Karolina Kurkova, Izabel Goulart, and Selita Ebanks. The issue hits newsstands nationwide on January 15th.

Angie Dickinson's now-famous cover pose was originally photographed by Frank Bez in 1963 for Esquire but was not published as a cover by the magazine until 1993. It was then re-created in 2003 when Esquire asked famed photographer James White to transform this image with the reigning pop star in the world at the time, Britney Spears. Now, the four stunning Victoria's Secret supermodels grace the cover together in a striking new reinterpretation, once again photographed by James White, to help kick off Esquire's 75th Anniversary. For the special issue, the two previous covers featuring Britney Spears and Angie Dickinson follow the Victoria's Secret cover so readers can see all three versions of the sexy layout.

"As Esquire begins to celebrate its 75th year, we wanted to acknowledge the great covers of the past," says Editor-in-Chief David Granger. "Anniversaries are one of those things that we all have mixed feelings about, but damn, Esquire has had a good run."

In celebration of the 75th Anniversary, Esquire will be focusing on elements of its past, some reinterpreted for today's readers. Some of these include the re-creation of three more classic cover images, devoting page 75 of each issue to a look at a defining aspect of Esquire's past; reflecting on some of the signature elements of Esquire's history and occasionally taking a comprehensive look through the magazine's writing and style. All of this will culminate when Esquire publishes an extraordinary October issue to celebrate their 75th birthday (Esquire was first published in October 1933 - check that).

SELITA EBANKS' BIO

Great adventures await all models at the beginning of their careers. For Selita Ebanks, this was especially true when she was 17-she was discovered at New Jersey's Six Flags Great Adventure by Women Model Management.

A Native New Yorker of Caymanian, Jamaican, Irish, Indian, and African heritage, Selita is a reflection of beauty inside and out. She was raised an only girl in a household of seven boys by her New York Police Captain father. While he instilled manners, values, and respect in his children, her brothers also influenced Selita's love for sports. She grew up playing basketball, tennis, and football, among others.

A gifted and hard-working student, Selita was accepted into Columbia, Spellman, and New York University, making her decision to pursue a modeling career and postpone an education a very difficult one for her family.

Selita is active in the New York and Cayman Islands communities, and has been a mentor in the Seamen's Society of Staten Island, working with local schools, churches and community groups to provide individual and family counseling, HIV/AIDS education and prevention, leadership skills, peer support groups and recreation. She initiated a mentoring program in the Cayman Islands called the Stardom Youth Foundation providing career guidance for teenagers.

While Selita has worked with some of the world's most noted photographers-including Peter Lindbergh, Bruce Weber, Steven Klein, Carter Smith, and Mikael Jansson-and for some of the most quintessential American fashion campaigns (Ralph Lauren, Abercrombie & Fitch, Levi's and Tommy Hilfiger), her career aspirations came true when she was chosen to be a Victoria's Secret Angel. Now she works with all the best fashion photographers and film directors in the Victoria's Secret family.

Since August 2005, Selita has been a contract face for Victoria's Secret lingerie and beauty, appearing in Victoria's Secret print, broadcast, Web, catalogue, outdoor and point-of-sale creative advertising campaigns.

Meet Victoria's Secret Angel Selita Ebanks
Victoria's Secret
Fox Valley Mall
Aurora, IL
Thursday, 5 to 7 p.m.


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