Patricia Velasquez reveals the intimate truth about her relationship with Sarah Bernhard in her new memoir Straight Walk.
She placed second in the pageant and her modeling career took off with stints in Sport’s Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Victoria’s Secret, and even an acting turn in The Mummy franchise.
Falling in Love with Sandra
Velasquez met Sandra Bernhard backstage at a fashion show, and the two connected immediately. “I’d never kissed a girl,” Velasquez details in her memoir, but after hooking up with Bernhard, everything changed. Despite trying to sleep with men again, Velasquez soon found herself exclusively dating Bernhard. She writes, “I was deeply in love with Sandra…in a way I’d never experienced before.”
Berhard’s Circle of Friends & Family
Sandra introduced Velasquez to the designer Isaac Mazrahi of New York. She also met Sarah’s friends that included Madonna, Ingrid Casares and Chris Paciello. Velasquez came out to her family who were and are supportive. She also believes it is important to embrace her sexuality in the world of fashion and in the public arena. Combatting prejudice in South America and the Latin community in general is a challenge. Valasquez is courageous and states, “I want to at least start a dialogue. The tide is changing.”
Good luck, Valasquez. Your beauty, personality and truth are commendable. paula