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Pat Cleveland on her famous walk

FashionBy Sunday World
Pat Cleveland on her famous walk

Pat Cleveland has shared the inspiration behind her famous runway walk.

The veteran model initially attained success in the 1960s and '70s and was one of the first African-American models within the fashion industry to achieve prominence as a runway and print model.

During the '70s, she walked for the designers such as Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, and Christian Dior. And along with Karen Bjornson and Anjelica Huston, she became one of Halston's favoured troupe of models, nicknamed the Halstonettes.

Bringing her own brand of uniquely spirited energy to the runway, the catwalk chameleon has now shared the inspiration behind her signature strut.

"The idea was to get a straight line from my neck to my knee, so it looked like I was leaning back on something the way you would lean on a bar," she told, noting that the walk was a way she could differentiate herself.

"I knew I’d never have Grace Kelly’s little nose or Rita Hayworth’s figure... but I could have bright red lips, lots of hair, and a job with Halston."

Pat has opened up about her evolution from shy teenage newcomer to the toast of Paris in her just-released autobiography, Walking With the Muses. The book takes the reader through the disco era’s decadence and the grandeur of Hollywood as well as her own personal history.

The 65-year-old said the time had come for her to trim down a few decades' worth of diaries, and she enjoyed the fact that working on the book allowed her to revisit her past and tap into her creativity.

"Writing is a fun thing for me, because I’ve been doing it almost all my life in different ways, whether writing with a paintbrush, with colours, or scribbling a poem- it just turns out I wanted to finish something (this time)," she said.

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