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Patricia Velasquez

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Velásquez, the fifth of six children, was born in Zulia, Venezuela to a Venezuelan Mestizo father and a mother who came from the Wayuu tribe.[1][2] Her father 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.[3] After a year of college studies, Velásquez left for Milan, Italy, in pursuit of a modeling career.

[edit] Career

In 1997 she studied acting in Los Angeles and New York.[4] 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. This led to a large number of further modeling engagements, which ultimately culminated in her being ranked #45 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2001[5] and #16 in Stuff Magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World" poll in 2002. She is one of the highest-paid and most accomplished Hispanic models in history.[citation needed] Now a L'Oréal model, she competed in the 1989 Miss Venezuela pageant representing Peninsula Goajira, placing seventh.

Velásquez appeared in the role of Anck-Su-Namun in the 1999 film The Mummy and its 2001 sequel The Mummy Returns. Her character makes her first entrance in the film in remarkably intricate body paint.

The body of film work Velásquez has been involved in is substantial, especially compared to many other models who try out at acting. A selected filmography is as follows:

Le Jaguar (1996), as Maya

Eruption (1997), as Luisa Soares

Beowulf (1999), as Pendra

No Vacancy (1999), as Ramona

The Mummy (1999), as Anck-Su-Namun

Committed (2000), as Carmen

Façade (2000), as Juanita

San Bernardo (2000), as Claudia

Turn It Up (2000), (cameo appearance)

The Mummy Returns (2001), as Meela Nais/Anck Su Namun

SSX Tricky (2001, video game), as Marisol Diez Delgado

Fidel (2002, miniseries), as Mirta

Mindhunters (2004), as Nicole Willis

Zapata: The Dream of a Hero - El sueño del héroe (2004), as Josefa

The Twelve Days of Christmas Eve (2004, made-for-TV), as Isabel Frias

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