'The Face' Primer: Legendary Model Pat Cleveland

By Fawnia Soo Hoo

Tomorrow night's episode of "The Face" features a high-pressure red carpet challenge, so it's only fitting that legendary model Pat Cleveland came in to prepare the girls for the competition.

Why You Should Know Her: At age 15, the groundbreaking multi-ethnic model was discovered by Vogue editor Carrie Donovan (who the kids may remember as the lady with the big sunglasses in the Old Navy commercials). This led to her joining a national runway tour for Ebony magazine's Fashion Fair and tons of print and runway work to follow. She became quite famous for her unique walk (sound familiar?). Keep in mind, this was the late 60s when racial tensions were high. In 1970, she became frustrated with the racism that African-American models experienced in the U.S. So, she decamped to Paris saying she'd only return when American Vogue put an African-American model on the cover. She came back in 1974, the year Beverly Johnson made history on the cover of the magazine.

Where You May Have Seen Her: Cleveland has modeled for the greats, including, Christian Dior, Halston (she was one of his favorites), Oscar de la Renta, Valentino and Yves Saint Laurent. Her BFFs and party pals included the likes of fashion/art legends including Andy Warhol, designer Steven Burrows and editor Diana Vreeland. Cleveland also appeared on that other modeling competition, "America's Next Top Model," in the Alexander McQueen-dedicated episode during season eight. Oh, and she dated Mick Jagger (the O.G. Modelizer).

Watch Pat Cleveland join fellow guest star Wendy Williams on "The Face" on Tue., Mar. 19 at 9/8c!

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