Valeria Mazza

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Valeria Mazza
Valeria Mazza.jpg
Mazza at the Teatro Colón reopening gala, 2010
Born Valeria Raquel Mazza
(1972-02-17) February 17, 1972 (age 43)
Rosario, Argentina
Occupation Model, businesswoman, philanthropist
Years active 1986–present
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Spouse(s) Alejandro Gravier (1998-present)
Children 4

Valeria Raquel Mazza (Spanish pronunciation: [baˈlerja ˈmasa]; born February 17, 1972) is an Argentine model and businesswoman. Considered by some as the first Latin American supermodel,[1] Mazza rose to prominence in the 1990s and became a household name after appearing in the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue of 1996 alongside Tyra Banks.[2]

A model since age 14,[3] Mazza has also worked as an actress, presenter and brand ambassador.[1][4] As a businesswoman, she has released three perfumes, her own magazine, and created an eyewear company and production company.[5][6] Once a student of occupational therapy,[7] she also promotes humanitarian causes, and is noted for her work with the Special Olympics, UNICEF, and the Pediatrics Unit of the Austral Hospital in Pilar, Buenos Aires Province.[8]

Mazza remains a leading figure in Latin American fashion,[1][9] and is considered the most important fashion model in Argentine history.[10]

Personal life[edit]

External images
Mazza's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover from January 29, 1996

On May 9, 1998 Mazza married businessman Alejandro Gravier in the Basilica of the Blessed Sacrament in Retiro, Buenos Aires; the wedding reception was held at the Hipodromo Argentino de Palermo with 1,500 guests.[11] The couple has four children: Balthazar (b. 1999),[11] Tiziano (b. 2002),[12] Benicio (b. 2005),[13] and Taína (b. 2008).[14] They reside in Buenos Aires.[15] The couple owns "Finca Valeria", a countryside vacation property in La Barra, near Punta del Este, Uruguay, where they hold an important party with renowned guests every summer.[16]In 2008 she and her husband were under investigation by Argentina's Revenue Service, AFIP, for alleged tax evasion to the tune of two millon US dollars.[17]

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  1. ^ a b c Pajares, Diego (20 October 2013). "Valeria Mazza: "Me gustaría conducir un ‘reality’"". El Comercio. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Pearson, Jennifer (9 August 2013). "She's still got it! Former Sports Illustrated model Valeria Mazza, 41, slips into a string bikini as she enjoys a family holiday". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Salinas, Patricia (16 September 2010). "Valeria Mazza: "Soy Mucho Más de lo que pueden ver"". Caretas (2147). Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Errázuriz L., María José (28 March 2013). "Valeria Mazza: La top model invita a las mujeres a envejecer con dignidad". Emol. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Valeria Mazza presentó su perfume con un sensual video". 4 October 2013. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Registran la productora de la modelo Valeria Mazza por presunta estafa". El País. 13 September 2013. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  7. ^ Lerer, Diego (20 February 2011). "Valeria Mazza: veinteañera". Clarín. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  8. ^ Cortázar, Beatriz (3 July 2013). "Valeria Mazza: "Mi primer amor es la solidaridad infantil"". ABC. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  9. ^ Monroy, Erika (4 November 2013). "Valeria Mazza revela sus secretos para estar a la moda". El Universal. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  10. ^ Ventura, Any (16 November 2006). "Simplemente Valeria". La Nación. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Valeria Mazza, flamante mamá". Clarín. 30 May 1999. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "Valeria Mazza fue mamá de Tiziano". Los Andes. 14 March 2002. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  13. ^ Mariño, Valeria (March 2005). "Valeria Mazza". Para Ti. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  14. ^ "Valeria Mazza presentó a su hija Taina". Diario Uno. 24 April 2008. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  15. ^ "Valeria Mazza en Chile: Conoce más a fondo a la supermodelo". Terra Chile. Terra Networks. 15 March 2013. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  16. ^ "Valeria Mazza y Alejandro Gravier, anfitriones de la fiesta más esperada". La Nación. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  17. ^ "Argentine top model accused of evading 2 million USD in taxes". MercoPress - South Atlantic News Agency. 3 November 2008. Retrieved 5 April 2015. 

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