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Overview (3)

Born in Guajira, Venezuela
Birth NamePatricia Carola Velasquez Semprun
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Creativity goes beyond canvas, photos, film, and media. It also catalyzes charity, philanthropy, and activism.

Award-winning actress, history-making supermodel, staunch philanthropist, conscientious activist, author, and loving mom Patricia Velásquez applies an eternal creative spirit to everything she does-whether it be starring in blockbusters a la The Curse of La Llorona or launching the Wayúu Tayá Foundation and participating on the UNESCO Board. Regardless, she makes major strides by drawing on instinct and deliberately paving her own path.

"I look at my career as a long staircase," she says. "I took every single step up. It was amazing to do so, because there has been longevity. I just put my head down, moved one step at a time, and never stopped."

The metaphor directly resembles a formative experience. Born in Venezuela but raised in France and Mexico, she relocated to Venezuela after a handful of years. In South America, her parents worked in education and moved the family into a crowded apartment building with no water and inoperable elevators. In order to supply water for the unit, Patricia often carried heavy buckets up fifteen flights of stairs.

In between studying engineering and intense dance training, she endeavored to help the family however possible. Scouted to model in Milan, the multi talented artist's ascent to the top of the fashion world hinged on a promise to those she loved. She recalls, "When they asked me to go to Italy, I said, 'If can send thirty dollars a month back to Venezuela, it's worth it, because that will pay for the whole building's water'."

Patricia's success represented a turning point in fashion as she drew industry attention to South America for the first time. She experienced a big break upon becoming "the first model Karl Lagerfeld ever photographed" and going on to walk in shows, star in editorial spreads, and front ads for Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Chloe, Cover Girl, and Victoria's Secret, to name a few. Resonating around the globe, she appeared in Oprah and Ford Models' "Supermodel of the World" contest as well. Not to mention, she graced the covers of Vogue, Bazaar, Marie Claire, and many others. She artfully channeled her dance training during shoots.

She goes on, "I knew how to move the energy around the body without letting whoever looked at the photos later on know that I was actually dancing. It became a signature for me."

Simultaneously, she ignited an impressive acting career. Not only did she star in The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, but she also appeared on The L Word, Arrested Development, CSI: Miami, Ugly Betty, and Rescue Me. In 2006, she made her stage debut by starring in School of the Americas-produced by Academy® Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman and written by José Rivera at New York's famed Public Theater. Patricia not only starred in Cenizas Eternas, but also served as executive producer. Her production experience continued as star and associate producer of Liz in September. In recognition of the latter, she garnered "Best Actress, Women's Feature" at the 2015 North Carolina Film Festival.

However, Patricia kicks off a bold new chapter in 2019 by starring in The Curse of La Llorona.

"The movie is really important to me," she goes on. "It's a timeless independent folk tale, and I was honored to be a part of it. I fell in love with the story and really got into the character."

Throughout her career, she capitalized on every opportunity to give back. In 2002, she founded the Wayúu Tayá Foundation. This non-profit preserves the culture of indigenous groups throughout Latin America by way of support and the drastic improvement of living conditions. UNESCO invited her to be a celebrity advocate, and the United Nations granted her the 2009 Women Together Award. Other honors include the 2010 Solidarity Award, the 2015 La Femme Film Festivals' Humanitarian Award, and the 2018 Visibility Award from The Human Rights Campaign. 2018 saw the Organization for American States (OAS) appoint her as Goodwill Ambassador for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas in Washington, D.C. An outsider empathy continues to inform this myriad of charitable efforts.

"Going from France to Mexico to Venezuela and moving so much, I always felt like an outsider," she admits. "I could identify with indigenous communities because of this shared sensibility. One thing that kept bringing me back home and made me feel protected was knowing that I was indigenous. It keeps me grounded, so I do whatever I can to help."

As a published author, she penned a powerful and page-turning autobiography entitled, Straight Walk: A Supermodel's Journey to Finding her Truth. Released in 2015, it details her unbelievable career up that point..

In the end, Patricia's creativity always leaves a lasting impression.

"I've realized you can do the work you love, and the results can manifest on many different levels," she concludes. "You can take those things, turn them around, and create something environmentally friendly, sustainable, new, or beneficial to the world. Everything feeds off each other. It all comes from the same creative place."

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Patricia Velasquez

Trivia (11)

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.
She is fluent in English, French, Italian, and Spanish.
In 2015, she published her memoir, Straight Walk, in which she publicly came out as a lesbian.
She has a daughter, Maya, with her ex-girlfriend Lauren.
She is the world's first openly lesbian Latina supermodel.

Personal Quotes (16)

There was a time when I used to live in Spain that it went really crazy with drugs and stuff like that.
OK, I've been very wild, but I've never really been the sort of person who goes that crazy!
You need a routine, to be able to spend some time with a person, and my lifestyle is constantly on the move.
Always work hard, be honest, and be proud of who you are.
It takes one person to give you a big chance.
I have no doubt I was someone very interesting in a past life.
Every time you play a bad girl or guy in a movie, you really come from a place of pain.
If there is one creature that represents my essence, it's butterflies.
Thank God I had all these family values or who knows where I'd be now.
I used to be a dancer, and for me it was a really good combination of dance and acting.
I enjoyed working as a model a lot as it let me travel and I got to do some really interesting projects.
If I need something, even a pair of socks, my assistant has to get them for me.
I think if I could have a boyfriend like my brothers I'd be really happy. But without the brother thing.
So struggling for work here has been very good for me, but it's also been very hard to handle rejection.
I live in New York and I was only there for 2 weeks all last year.
Clothes, thank God I can get them from designers.

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