Breaking Fashion News: Pat Cleveland Falls Ill

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Supermodel Pat Cleveland has been diagnosed with colon cancer. While in Paris with her top model daughter, Anna Cleveland, for the L’Oreal fashion show, Pat Cleveland began to experience excruciating abdominal pain. While hospitalized in Paris, it was discovered that Cleveland has colon cancer. Cleveland has suffered from stomach and digestive issues for some time. There has been no admission of the stage of Cleveland’s cancer.Cleveland and her husband Paul van Ravenstein have formed a GoFundMe account to help pay for cancer treatment. The GoFundMe goal is $150,000 and in 24 hours Cleveland has raised $54, 000. Currently, Cleveland only has Medicare for health insurance.

Pat Cleveland with daughter Anna Cleveland image courtesy of vogue.com

“This is coming out of left field. She’s healthy, she’s vegan,” said Paul van Ravenstein in a harpersbazaar.com article. “She doesn’t drink, she doesn’t smoke. I thought we had her checked four or five years ago. But I went to the hospital here near our house and it seems the last time she was checked was in 2007. That’s too long. At a certain age, you have to do it every five years. Now I just want her back to her young self. She’s a very strong person so she’s going to be back. And I’m glad for that.”Cleveland was one of the first black models to achieve industry fame in the late 1960s.  Pat Cleveland started her career as an Ebony Fashion Fair model at the age of 15. Later, she worked with just iconic designers and brands as Halston, Stephen Burrows, Karl Lagerfeld, Thierry Mugler, Valentino, and most of the most famous European and American fashion houses.

Pat Cleveland in the Tommy Hilfiger fall 2019 show image courtesy of elle.com

Pat Cleveland’s modeling career spans over five decades. For the fall 2019 season, Pat Cleveland walked for Hellessy, Missoni, and Tommy Hilfiger. Cleveland is 68 years old.

—Staff

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