Elsa Benitez was born in Sonora, Mexico in 1977. She start modeling after winning a model search in Costa Rica in 1995. With Linda Evangelista as one of her childhood idols, Elsa would also have a chance to follow her dreams. 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. Signed with Elite Model Management, Elsa then managed to grace the covers of plenty of top fashion magazines, including Vogue, Elle, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Harper's Bazaar, and Marie Claire. 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, Victoria's Secret. She also appeared in the 1999 Pirelli Calendar that featured "Women Through the Decades".