Our exclusive interview with gorgeous, fierce, and a fanatical jet-setter, Swiss born Patrizia Yangüela. Genetically gifted with the brains to boot, the tetra-lingual model has amassed 1.4+ million clamoring fans on Instagram alone with her numbers growing by the day.
Patrizia is making moves in the United States to solidify herself as a respected business woman, and model with a message of empowerment and self-love. Her just released Calendar has been a huge success and it was just recently released last month.
Being raised internationally and living in multiple areas around the world, Patrizia is fluent in four languages including English, German, Spanish and Portuguese, as well as being conversational in French. Aside from being born in Zurich, Patrizia has also spent time abroad living in Miami, Florida, and the Caribbean.
Hi Patrizia, please tell us a little about you?
I am of Swiss Dominican decent and was raised internationally, which has helped me become proficient in 5 languages. I earned a marketing degree, but switched to influencing a couple years ago and I am absolutely loving it.
Describe yourself in 3 words?
In three words, I would describe myself as a funny, outgoing, and an honest person.
Who has been the biggest influence on your life?
My mother has been my biggest influence. She has always pushed me to learn different languages and taught me how to succeed in life.
When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was a kid I always wanted to be a diplomat.
What did you learn from your biggest failure? (if any)
I learned to never push or pressure things to happen.
What is your own definition of happiness?
My definition of happiness is to appreciate the simpler things in life.
How and when did you start modeling?
I fell in love with fitness and I kind of slipped into the world of modeling because of it.
What is the biggest highlight of your career so far?
The biggest highlight of my career so far is probably my calendar, I am very proud of it.
What is your workout routine these days?
I combine interval training with weight training. It is very important for your body to switch up your routine.
What is your favorite healthy food?
And your favorite cheat food?
Pizza or gnocchi’s
Now tell us about your new calendar? And where we can buy it?
This calendar is something I’m very proud of. I made this calendar not only to curate something fun and sexy, but also, to empower women to embrace their bodies and feel comfortable in their own skin. The calendar can be purchased through my website patriziayanguela.com or through Amazon.com.
And which project is still on your bucket list?
I would feel so grateful to be on the cover of a major magazine.
In five years from now, where do you see yourself and your career?
In five years I would love to see myself transcend into a different part of the entertainment industry. For example, collaborating with amazing brands for my collection.
Who is your biggest beauty inspiration?
Marylin Monroe and Cindy Crawford.
Who are some of your favorite models and designers, and why?
I really like the designer of Balmain, Olivier Rousteing. I love his style and the quality of his work for Balmain. My favorite model is the iconic Naomi Campbell. Naomi has the fiercest walk on the runway by far.
How would you describe your fashion style?
My style is comfortable yet chic. I could be wearing a big tee with some heels or a pair of jeans and some fierce boots. I always try to elevate a look with a great pair of shoes.
What are your makeup bag staples when traveling?
When I’m traveling, my makeup bag is literally a mess. Sometimes I forget half of my makeup at home, but a few essentials I could never forget include color correction, concealer, foundation , powder eyeliner mascara and a bronzer.
What is fun and rewarding about modeling? And what is not?
Modeling is such a different lifestyle than my last job. I used to sit behind a computer all day and now I get to travel and express myself through my work with more freedom and creativity.
What’s your advice for the newer models?
Always be authentic and true to yourself, never be afraid to use your voice.
What music do you like?
I love Electronic and Latin music.
If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?
I would love to meet George Michael and Whitney Houston, they have been my idols since I was little.
Something people don’t know about you?
I can be a rather calm person which most people probably wouldn’t expect from me.
What would be a deal breaker on a first date?
A huge deal breaker for me would have to be a guy asking to split the bill.
Do you support any charity?
Right now I am not fully committed to any certain charity organization, but whenever there is a natural disaster or anything of that nature, I help as much as I possibly can.
3 things you can’t leave home without?
I could never leave my home without my cell phone, a bottle of water, and my wallet of course.
Idea of a perfect Sunday?
My perfect Sunday would start by sleeping in late, rolling out of bed to order brunch to my house, then just watching TV and fully relaxing.
What do you think of Social Media as you are a huge influencer in this category?
Social Media is really fun but also a great tool to meet and influence people. Nowadays we are constantly connected wherever we are and without Social Media it wouldn’t be possible.
Where we can follow you?
My Instagram is @patriziayanguela
Photo Credit: Ryan Dwyer