Walking with the Muses by Pat Cleveland
A Memoir

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She is living proof that one’s grit and determination is made up of talent and the ability to overcome all the obstacles that were thrown in her path. This is a book that is highly recommended on multiple levels for many readers of many ages.
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An exciting account of the international adventures of fashion model Pat Cleveland—one of the first black supermodels during the wild sixties and seventies.

New York in the sixties and seventies was glamorous and gritty at the same time, a place where people like Warhol, Avedon, and Halston as well their muses came to pursue their wildest ambitions, and when the well began to run dry they darted off to Paris. Though born on the very fringes of this world, Patricia Cleveland, through a combination of luck, incandescent beauty, and enviable style, soon found herself in the center of all that was creative, bohemian, and elegant. A “walking girl,” a runway fashion model whose inimitable style still turns heads on the runways of New York, Paris, Milan, and Tokyo, Cleveland was in high demand.

Ranging from the streets of New York to the jet-set beaches of Mexico, from the designer retailers of Paris to the offices of Diana Vreeland, here is Cleveland’s larger-than-life story. One minute she's in a Harlem tenement making her own clothes and dreaming of something bigger, the next she’s about to walk Halston’s show alongside fellow model Anjelica Huston. One minute she's partying with Mick Jagger and Jack Nicholson, the next she's sharing the dance floor next to a man with stark white hair, an artist the world would later know as Warhol. One moment she’s idolizing the silver screen sensation Warren Beatty, years later, she’s deciding whether to resist his considerable amorous charms. In New York, she struggles to secure her first cover of a major magazine. In Paris, she's the toast of the town. And through the whirlwind of it all, she is forever in pursuit of love, truth, and beauty.

A page-turning memoir of a life well lived, Walking with the Muses is a book you won't soon forget.
 

About Pat Cleveland

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Pat Cleveland is an American supermodel who The New York Times society chronicler Bill Cunningham calls “The supermodel” and Vogue veteran Andre Leon Talley calls “the all-time superstar model,” and “the most extraordinary black model of the century.”
 
Published June 14, 2016 by Atria / 37 Ink. 352 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Aug 02 2016

Some readers will be particularly interested in her discussion of Bill Cosby, but Cleveland is the real star of her own story of passion, strength, and elegance above all.

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NY Journal of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Jeffrey Felner on Jul 22 2016

She is living proof that one’s grit and determination is made up of talent and the ability to overcome all the obstacles that were thrown in her path. This is a book that is highly recommended on multiple levels for many readers of many ages.

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