Who is Kanye’s Phoenix, Selita Ebanks? (VIDEO)

The scene-stealer in Kanye West’s epic video “Runaway” isn’t the rapper himself – but feathered (and nearly naked) phoenix Selita Ebanks, who crashes down to earth and steals Kanye’s heart. Just who is this beautiful bird-woman? Read on and get to know her along with Celebuzz.

The gorgeous Selita, 27, hails from the Cayman Islands but moved to the U.S. (Staten Island, N.Y. to be exact) as a young girl. Her modeling career began when she was “discovered” at Six Flags Great Adventure. Before she knew it, the statuesque Selita was strutting her stuff as a Victoria’s Secret Angel and winning praise from the mother of all angels, Tyra Banks.

Check out Selita in the last year’s VS fashion show:

Before wooing Kanye in the “Runaway” video, Selita was engaged to Nick Cannon, who popped the question in 2007 with a 12-carat (!) sparkler with help from a jumbotron in Times Square. Five months later, they split and he went on to become Mr. Mariah Carey. She has since dated pro football player Osi Umenyiora, but rumors have been flying about her and Kanye for years.

So, are they dating? Well, their chemistry is pretty solid in “Runaway:”

Selita, however, insists she and Kanye (a known modelizer) are just longtime friends, telling OK! Magazine: “I love his his creativity.” He clearly sees her as a muse of sorts, even dropping her name in his song “Christian Dior Denim Flow.” Selita first met the guy she calls “Ye” when they both starred in Pharrell’s “Number One” video:

Good news for the guys out there: Selita is beautiful inside and out. As a contender on Celebrity Apprentice earlier this year, she raised money for Shine On Sierra Leone, a charity that benefits the war-torn African country where Selita has said she hopes to build a hospital.

Are you a new Selita fan – let us know in the comments!