Model Selita Ebanks is the talk-of-the-town these days, experiencing a whirlwind of positive feedback and praise after her performance in Kanye’s short film, “Runaway.” But things weren’t always so sweet for the Victoria’s Secret beauty. In a recent interview for MTV, Selita discusses her humble beginnings as a model, and not-so-pleasant memory of being rejected by Vogue.

“I wore Timberland boots,” she tells Sway of MTV. “I had on corduroy high-water flooded beige pants with a button-down plaid shirt. I was a tomboy . . . 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?’ ”

Selita continues to tell how she was told to take off her jacket and simply be herself, while being pushed into another room. “I walk into the office, I got maybe two steps into the room and I look and it’s amazing Ms. Anna Wintour. She goes [makes a dismissive wave a la “The Devil Wear Prada”] and dismisses me,” Ebanks remembers. “Needless to say my cover did not come out, to say the least, and I have never shot Vogue magazine.”

While laughing in retrospect, Selita explains that the experience was a humbling one that taught her some valuable lessons about the industry and being prepared. She advises young women to always do their research and know exactly what you’re getting into: “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 live and you learn.” Cute Story!

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