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I ask what she thinks when she hears people describing her as scary.
But she also felt compelled to come out in a book, mainly because there’s so much prejudice that remains in the Latin community.
Discovered as a teen by a local hairdresser, Velasquez was chosen to compete in the 1989 Miss Venezuela pageant — as long as she had her eyes done, her ears pinned back and got breast implants. She also starved herself on a strict diet of chicken and tomato juice and was required to find a sponsor.
In other words, Velasquez writes, “I would have to start prostituting myself.” She hooked up with an older man she identifies only as David.
She was “the world’s first Latina supermodel” — but she was keeping a secret.
In her new memoir “Straight Walk,” Patricia Velasquez recounts her impoverished childhood, her time in the South American beauty-pageant system and admits what she had denied or played coy about in the past: She’s a lesbian.