Following her first few modeling gigs, she purchased a new house for her family and helped finance her brothers college education.
A humanitarian, Velsquez supports such causes as the advancement of Hispanics, the fight against pediatric AIDS as well as fair treatment of home-grown peoples.
In addition to acting, one of the highest-paid and most accomplished Hispanic models in history, Velsquez has built a prolific career in the world of modeling by strutting down numerous important catwalks, fronting major magazine covers and appearing in countless famous print ads, including for Victorias Secret and Chanels Allure.
In 2000, she offered a memorable comedic turn as a waitress named Carmen in writer/director Lisa Kruegers Committed, a role that successfully stole the limelight from the star Heather Graham.
The film screened at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.
She also founded an organization to help Venezuelans.
On more private note, Velsquez identifies as bisexual.
She has been in two celebrity relationships averaging approximately 10.6 years each. Given Name: Patricia Carola Velasquez Semprun Age: 45 (1/31/1971)Occupation: Fashion - Model Most Famous For: International model and actress; appeared in several Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues "Sometimes things just don't work out no matter how hard you try.
After a year of college studies, Velásquez left for Milan, Italy, in pursuit of a modeling career.The same yaer, she also appeared in action-thriller Faade, costarred with Alberto San Juan in the comedy San Bernardo and was additionally featured in the musical Turn It Up, starring Pras, Ja Rule and Jason Statham.In 2001, Velsquez reprised the villainous role of Anck-Su-Namun for the anticipated installment The Mummy Returns.Patricia was educated in San Vicente de Paul High School and finished her studies in 1987.She went to college after graduation to study engineering and accounting, but dropped out a year later to try her hand in modeling.In 1989, she entered a beauty pageant in Venezuela, representing Peninsula Goajira.