Elsa Benitez was born on 12 August 1977
in Sonora, Mexico. With Linda Evangelista as one of her childhood
idols, Elsa would also have a chance to follow her dreams. She got
her modeling start when she was 18, after winning a model search
in Costa Rica in 1995. Modeling gigs poured in for Elsa soon after,
first in Mexico, where she started out her career, and then in the
United States and Europe. In 1996, Elsa appeared on the cover of
Vogue Italy three times, in April, August and September.
Signed with Elite Model Management, Elsa Benitez
then managed to grace the covers of plenty of top fashion magazines,
including Vogue, Elle, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Harper's Bazaar, and
The Mexican beauty 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.
Joining models such as Tyra Banks and Laetitia Casta, Elsa has also
donned the lingerie and clothes of everyone's favorite company,
When she was 22, Elsa appeared in the 1999 Pirelli
Calendar that featured "Women Through the Decades". She
was photographed as representative of the groovy '70s in the exclusive
Elsa Benitez may not be as recognized as fellow
models Cindy Crawford and Elle MacPherson as of yet, but she is
bound to become the next Latin supermodel of the millennium, especially
after being selected to grace the cover of the 2001 Sports Illustrated
With acting lessons under her belt and beauty
that is sure to melt the screen, Elsa Benitez plans to enter the
world of film, and hopes to work in both Spanish and English films.
Elsa is currently married to former NBA player
Rony Seikaly, they shot for American Vogue together.