Patricia Velásquez

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Patricia Carola Velásquez Semprún (born 31 January 1971) is a Venezuelan actress and fashion model. Born in Maracaibo, Venezuela Velásquez, the fifth of six children, was the daughter of Venezuelan parents. Her father was of mixed heritage (Indigenous/Spanish) and her mother Indigenous (from a village called Wayu). Her parents were both teachers; her father also worked for UNESCO and as a result, she spent some of her childhood in Mexico and France. She attended San Vicente de Paul High School, graduating in 1987. In 1989, she participated in the Miss Venezuela pageant, where she took 2nd place (2nd finalist). After 3 years of college studies, Velásquez left for Milan, Italy, in pursuit of a modeling career. In 1997, she studied acting in Los Angeles and New York. In 1998, she paced down runways in ready-to-wear fashion shows for designers such as Antonio Berardi, Bella Freud, Corinne Cobson, Claude Montana, and Dolce & Gabbana. As for print advertising, Velásquez appeared in ads for Chanel's Allure, Roberto Verino's Verino fragrance, as well as Victoria's Secret. Early in her modeling career, she appeared in several issues of the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
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