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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 31 January 1971Guajira, Venezuela
Birth NamePatricia Carola Velasquez Semprun
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Patricia Velasquez was born in Guajira, Venezuela on January 31, 1971, the fifth of six children. She was raised by her parents, both of whom were educators, in a third world country. Needless to say, Patricia's life was far from luxurious. She attended San Vicente de Paul High School, and after her graduation in 1987, headed for college to study engineering and accounting. Although she was being raised to go into the Venezuelan oil industry (which is basically the only choice for Native American children from Venezuela), a chance event led her to switch plans. A friend of hers wanted to become a model, and one of the pictures she sent to a casting call in Caracas included Patricia. As fate would have it, the agency wanted exotic Patricia. After a year of college studies, she left for Milan in pursuit of a modeling career. In 1998, she strutted down catwalks in ready-to-wear fashion shows for designers such as Antonio Berardi, Bella Freud, Corinne Cobson, Claude Montana and Dolce & Gabana, to name a few. As for print, Patricia appeared in ads for Chanel's Allure, Roberto Verino's Verino fragrance, as well as Victoria's Secret. She even donned swimsuits for Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Edition in 1994 at the age of 23. She has participated in the mother of all beauty pageants, the Miss Venezuela pageant, and can be seen in such movies as The Mummy (1999) and The Mummy Returns (2001). Patricia has tried and succeeded in branching out from the stereotype of a model. Besides, she has more noble reasons for her very full schedule. She grew up in a very poor family in Guajira, and promised herself that she would get her family out of that situation. After her first few modeling gigs, she bought her family a new home, made sure her 3 brothers received a college education, and still supports causes such as the advancement of Hispanics, fair treatment of indigenous peoples, and the fight against pediatric AIDS. She also launched a foundation to help Venezuelans.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jason Castellano

Trivia (7)

A former model. Both of her parents are educators. Her father worked for the UNESCO. Her mother's heritage derives from the Wayu group in Zulia state in Venezuela.
Had a tough childhood with very little material possessions. This gave her a valuable lesson in appreciating any fortune bestowed upon her. As a result, she has developed a very strong character, including being a vocal spokesperson for Hispanic causes.
Her mother derives from The Wayu group from Venezuela.
Spent a couple of years in Milan, which helped her to become a more sophisticated, classy and stylish woman.
Signed with Ford models in New York, IMG in Paris, and Models 1 in London. She also extended her resume by appearing on the pages of Vogue and Elle.
Ranked #16 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World" (2002)
Spent the first four years in her life in Paris. After Paris, the family relocated to Mexico for a few years then returned to Venezuela.

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