Patricia Velasquez was a runway model for Chanel, Gucci, and Carolina Herrera. She has appeared on countless magazine covers including Cosmopolitan and Latina, and posed for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and Victoria’s Secret several times. Her acting credits include box-office successes such as The Mummy and The Mummy Returns. She has starred in and produced many independent films including Liz in September. Her numerous television credits include Ugly Betty, CSI: Miami, Arrested Development, Rescue Me, Ed, and American Family among others. A career highlight for Velasquez was starring in the lead role ofSchool of the Americas, a play produced by Philip Seymour Hoffman for the Public Theater in New York.
Velasquez also built and runs The Wayuu Taya Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the living conditions of Latin American indigenous groups while maintaining respect their culture. She is also a UNESCO Artist for Peace and has been frequently recognized for her charity work by multiple organizations including the United Nations.
A savvy entrepreneur, at HSN, Velasquez launched a line of organic hair care products called Taya Beauty, using ingredients from the indigenous communities of the Amazon through environmentally friendly and sustainable programs.
In her new autobiography, “Straight Walk: A Supermodel’s Journey to Finding her Truth,” Velasquez recalls her triumphant journey from poverty to international acclaim. In this intimate and inspiring memoir, she courageously reveals her personal truth.