Elsa Benitez (born on December 8, 1977) is a Mexican model. Benitez was born in Hermosillo, Mexico, and she got her modeling start after winning an international model search, held in Costa Rica in 1995. With Linda Evangelista as one of her childhood idols, Elsa Benitez decided to follow her dream of modeling. Modeling opportunities opened up for Elsa Benitez soon after, first in Mexico, where she started out her career, and then in the United States and Europe. She become a supermodel after being chosen by photographer Steven Meisel and being featured many times on the US and Italian Vogue for Meisel's layouts. Elsa Benitez has also done advertising campaign work for Dolce & Gabbana, Macy's, Episode, Oscar de la Renta, Rena Lange, Nine West, Valentino, and has modeled for Victoria's Secret. Elsa Benitez was also selected to be on the cover of the 2001 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.