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Name: Elsa Benitez                                                                   
Born: 8 December 1977 Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico                                     
Elsa Benitez (born on December 8, 1977) is a Mexican model. Benitez was born in       
Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, and she got her modeling start after winning an           
international model search, held in Costa Rica in 1995. With Linda Evangelista       
as one of her childhood idols, Benitez decided to follow her dream of modeling.       
Modeling opportunities opened up for Benítez soon after, first in Mexico, where     
she started out her career, and then in the United States and Europe.                 
She become a supermodel after being chosen by photographer Steven Meisel and         
being featured many times on the US and Italian Vogue for Meisel's layouts.           
In 1996, she appeared on the cover of Vogue Italy three times in April, August       
and September. After signing with Elite Model Management, she then appeared on       
the covers of many fashion magazines, including Vogue, ELLE, Glamour,                 
Mademoiselle, Harper's Bazaar, and Marie Claire. Benitez has also done               
advertising campaign work for Dolce & Gabbana, Macy's, Episode, I-N-C, J.Crew,       
Oscar de la Renta, Rena Lange, Nine West, Valentino, and Jones New York, and has     
modelled for Victoria's Secret. Benitez appeared in the 1999 Pirelli Calendar         
that featured "Women Through the Decades." She was photographed as a                 
representative of the "groovy '70s."                                                 
She also appeared in Enrique Iglesias' music video "Love to See You Cry" in 2002     
and in the beautiful ad for the perfume Mahora Guerlain shot by Bruno Aveillan       
in 2003. Benitez was also selected to be on the cover of the 2001 Sports             
Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She has appeared in the Swimsuit Edition five times       
since her debut in the magazine. In the 2004 issue, Sports Illustrated reported       
Benitez's story of nearly boarding the doomed TWA Flight 800 a Boeing 747 that       
exploded over the Atlantic soon after takeoff. She was crying on the phone to         
her husband and said, "I feel something is going to happen on the flight." Her       
husband told her not to worry, but she continued to cry. She changed her ticket       
and took off ten minutes after TWA Flight 800. "It made me appreciate so much         
that just being alive is a gift."                                                     
Benitez plans to enter the film industry and as such has taken acting lessons.       
She hopes to work in both Spanish and English language films. She married former     
NBA player, Rony Seikaly -- 12 years her senior -- in September 1999, and she         
filed for divorce in August 2005. They have one daughter together, Mila.