Model Pat Cleveland was born in New York City on June 23, 1950. Her father, Johnny Johnston, was a saxophonist; her mother, Lady Bird Cleveland, a painter. After her parents separated, Cleveland was raised by her mother in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. She graduated from New York’s High School of Art and Design in 1969.
Cleveland’s career as a fashion model began in 1966 when she was spotted on a New York subway by Carrie Donovan, an assistant editor at Vogue magazine. She first modeled as a live mannequin in Ebony’s Fashion Fair, and then for Vogue magazine. In 1970, Cleveland relocated to Paris, France, where she worked with illustrator Antonio Lopez and became a house model for Karl Lagerfeld’s Chloé. She modeled for designers such as Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Yves Saint Laurent, Thierry Mugler and Christian Dior. In 1973, Cleveland was part of the benefit fashion show at the Palace of Versailles in France.
Cleveland returned to the United States in 1974 and continued modeling into the 1980s. She also established a modeling agency in Milan, Italy, and published a volume of poetry in 2001 entitled In The Spirit Of Grace. In 2003, Cleveland returned to the fashion runway, walking for designers Bill Blass and Stephen Burrows, and at Chanel, with her daughter, Anna van Ravenstein. Cleveland also modeled with her daughter for designer Zac Posen in 2013.
Cleveland has appeared in countless fashion spreads and on the covers of such magazines as Vanity Fair, Essence, Vogue, Women’s Wear Daily, L’Officiel, and GQ. In addition, she appeared in advertisement campaigns for Vidal Sasoon and Karl Lagerfeld, and has been photographed by Steven Meisel and Andy Warhol. In 2010, Cleveland appeared as a guest judge in season fourteen of America’s Next Top Model. That same year, she appeared in the documentary Ultrasuede, In Search of Halston. In 2012, Cleveland was featured in two more fashion documentaries, Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution and About Face: Supermodels Then and Now.
Cleveland and her husband, Paul van Ravenstein, live in Willingboro, New Jersey. They have two children: Noel and Anna.
Noteable photographers Pat has worked with include Adriano Russo - Alan Kaplan - Alexi Lubomirski - Alice Springs - An Le - Andy Warhol - Antonio Lopez - Ara Gallant - Arthur ElgortBarry McKinley - Bart Van Leeuwen - Beau Sam - Ben HassettBenjamin Alexander - Huseby - Berry Berenson - Bert Stern- Bibi Cornejo Borthwick - Bill Cunningham - Bill King - Birgit EbnerBlair Getz Mezibov - Bob Krieger - Bob Stone - Bruce Weber- Burt Andrews - Cameron Postforoosh - Cees van Gelderen - Charles Tracy - Clive Arrowsmith - Cycy Sanders - Daniel King Daniela Liago - Danny Li - David Bailey - David Montgomery- David Simms - Dean Isidro - Dewey Nicks - Diedre Lewis - Dustin Pitman Ellen Von Unwerth - Francesco Scavullo - Francois Nars-Francois Lamy Gean Paolo Barbieri - Gilles Bensimon - Greg Lotus - Guegan - Guy Bourdin - Hans Feurer - Helmut Newton - Hero - Horst - Hue BellIke Ude - Irving Penn – Inez &Vinoodh- Jean Francois Jonvelle - Jean Jacques Bugatt –Jeremy Liebman -Jim Hadley -John Akehursst -John Bishop -Juan Ramos - Jurgen Teller - Justin French- Karl Lagerfeld- Lorenzo Agius - Luke Duval - Marc Lagrange - Marcus Leatherdale – Marco Glaviano – Marco Roso - Mario Testino - Marshal Wilson – Mark Borthwick - Max Vadukul -Medhi Sef -Mert & Marcus – Michael Avedon - Neil Barr - Nigel Baker- Norman Parkinson – Olivia Malone - Oliviero Toscani - Pascal Gambarte Patric Shaw – Paul Van Ravenstein - Paul Van Riel - Pelito - Peter Beard Peter Knapp - Peter Lindhbergh - Platon - Rahim Fortune - Rex Joseph – Richard Avedon - Richard Bernstein - Richard Selby - Roberto Rocchi -Rocco LaSpata - Ron Galella - Roxanne Lowitt - Ruven Avandor - Sacha Stephen Ladner - Steven Meisel –Taylor Edward -Terri Tsolis – Thierry Mugler - Tim Walker -Tim Verhallen -Todd Marshand - Tom Ford -Tori Lenze - Carl Van Vechten -Wikki Hermkens - Wout Bergen