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Valeria Raquel Mazza (Spanish pronunciation: [baˈleɾja ˈmasa], Italian: [ˈmattsa]; born 17 February 1972) is an Argentine supermodel and businesswoman. Mazza rose to prominence in the 1990s and became a household name after appearing on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue of 1996 alongside Tyra Banks. Mazza worked for fashion designers such as Gianni Versace and Roberto Cavalli.[2]

Valeria Mazza
Valeria Mazza 1999.jpg
Mazza in 1999
Valeria Raquel Mazza

(1972-02-17) 17 February 1972 (age 47)
OccupationModel, businesswoman, philanthropist
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Alejandro Gravier (1998–present)
Modeling information
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)



Mazza was born in Rosario, Santa Fe Province to Arbëreshë parents[3] and was raised in Paraná, Entre Ríos Province. A model since age 14,[4] Mazza has also worked as an actress, presenter and brand ambassador.[5][6] As a businesswoman, she has released three perfumes, her own magazine, and created an eyewear company and production company.[7][8] Once a student of occupational therapy,[9] 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.[10]

Mazza remains a leading figure in Latin American fashion,[5][11] and is considered the most important fashion model in Argentine history.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

On 9 May 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.[13] The couple has four children: Balthazar (b. 1999),[13] Tiziano (b. 2002),[14] Benicio (b. 2005),[15] and Taína (b. 2008).[16] They reside in Buenos Aires.[17] 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.[18] In 2008, she and her husband were under investigation by Argentina's Revenue Service, AFIP, for alleged tax evasion to the tune of two million US dollars.[19]

In addition to her native Spanish, Mazza also speaks Italian and English.


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  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.
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  4. ^ Salinas, Patricia (16 September 2010). "Valeria Mazza: "Soy Mucho Más de lo que pueden ver"". Caretas (2147). Retrieved 8 November 2013.
  5. ^ a b Pajares, Diego (20 October 2013). "Valeria Mazza: "Me gustaría conducir un 'reality'"". El Comercio. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Valeria Mazza presentó su perfume con un sensual video". 4 October 2013. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
  8. ^ "Registran la productora de la modelo Valeria Mazza por presunta estafa". El País. 13 September 2013. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
  9. ^ Lerer, Diego (20 February 2011). "Valeria Mazza: veinteañera". Clarín. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
  10. ^ Cortázar, Beatriz (3 July 2013). "Valeria Mazza: "Mi primer amor es la solidaridad infantil"". ABC. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
  11. ^ Monroy, Erika (4 November 2013). "Valeria Mazza revela sus secretos para estar a la moda". El Universal. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
  12. ^ Ventura, Any (16 November 2006). "Simplemente Valeria". La Nación. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
  13. ^ a b "Valeria Mazza, flamante mamá". Clarín. 30 May 1999. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
  14. ^ "Valeria Mazza fue mamá de Tiziano". Los Andes. 14 March 2002. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
  15. ^ Mariño, Valeria (March 2005). "Valeria Mazza". Para Ti. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
  16. ^ "Valeria Mazza presentó a su hija Taina". Diario Uno. 24 April 2008. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
  17. ^ "Valeria Mazza en Chile: Conoce más a fondo a la supermodelo". Terra Chile. Terra Networks. 15 March 2013. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
  18. ^ "Valeria Mazza y Alejandro Gravier, anfitriones de la fiesta más esperada". La Nación. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
  19. ^ "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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