Watching today’s slack-jawed, deadly serious models clomp down the runway, we’re always hit with a flood of nostalgia for the twirling, whirling godmama of all fierce walkers, ’70s supermodel and adventuress, Pat Cleveland. In 1967, the future Catwalk Queen was stopped by a Vogue editor while en route to Manhattan’s LaGuardia Performing Arts School–and three years later, she was living in Paris and setting the fashion world ablaze. The black/Cherokee/Irish stunner danced all night at La Palace, inspired the likes of Halston, Steven Burrows and Yves Saint Laurent, and set the standard for runway walking with her ethereal dance-prance. Legendary strut aside, Cleveland signature feature was her glorious, free-flowing halo of hair (she’s referred to her mane as her “flying carpet”).

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