Venezuelan actress Patricia Velasquez named UNESCO Artist for PeaceParis – Venezuelan model and actress Patricia Velasquez will be appointed UNESCO Artist for Peace on June 11 by the Organization’s Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura. The ceremony will take place at 12 noon in the Salle des Actes.
Patricia Velasquez was born in 1971 in La Guajira, one of the poorest regions in Venezuela. From a modest background, with schoolteacher parents, Patricia had planned to work in the oil industry when, by chance she was spotted by a model scout and launched into a modelling career. She then turned to films (The Jaguar, The Mummy, The Return of the Mummy, etc.) and took advantage of her success to become involved in humanitarian projects. She founded the Wayuu Taya Foundation in 2003 to help the indigenous people of her region, to whom she is related through her mother.
|Source||Media Advisory No 2003 - 49|
|Publication Date||06 Jun 2003|