Reference groups can be very small (just a few close friends) or fairly large (a sports team fan club or even a political party).
For example, an aspiring politician may choose her clothing carefully so as to gain the respect of her political party.
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As humans, it is natural to feel that if we make poor choices, others will think less of us.
Similarly, if we make good choices, we may earn others’ respect and even their envy.
Ebanks has worked for high fashion brands Neiman Marcus and Ralph Lauren, and appeared in magazines such as the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Vogue, and Glamour, but she is best known for her work with Victoria's Secret, as one of the brand's "Angels" from 2005 to early 2009.
Ebanks was raised in a large family that included seven brothers.