BIRTHDAY BY BOUWER: Selita Ebanks got a birthday surprise from Marc Bouwer Sunday night at Soho House. The designer broke out a birthday cake for the 28-year-old after a screening of the video she headlined for his fall collection.

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The Victoria’s Secret model is making a name for herself outside the fashion industry. This week she is off to Sierre Leone to shoot her documentary “Shine On” about child mortality. One in eight children die during childbirth there, she said. Ebanks is also scouting locations to open the first of what she hopes to be 12 birthing centers there. The beauty, who appeared in “Runaway” last year with Kanye West, will soon start shooting the flick “Hawaii Five-O” with Sean Combs.


With seven brothers, she is adept at dealing with all sorts of personalities. “Being a fashion model first you learn to do what you’re supposed to and to accept people for who they are,” Ebanks said. “The more you do that, the better things will be.”

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