Patti Hansen is an elite model who has been active in the modeling industry for over four decades and has represented many A-List brands in the process. The runway queen has also dabbled into the movie industry by featuring in many films including Hard to Hold, Rich Kids, and They All Laughed. The renowned model is also widely known as the wife of the iconic hero of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Keith Richards who is popular as a songwriter, guitarist, vocalist, and music producer. But that is not all, there is still more to learn about this New York-born model.
Patti Hansen’s First Tasted Fame On The Runway
Patti Hansen was spotted by her photographer neighbor, Peter Gert when she was 14 years of age. She later signed with Wilhelmina Models owned by the former model, Wilhelmina Cooper after Hansen attended Wilhelmina’s party in the company of Peter Gert. Before long, she relocated to Manhattan, joined the Professional Children’s School there (she later dropped out), and started landing modeling jobs.
During the course of her career as a model, the New York native has made numerous appearances on the pages and on the covers of many top-of-the-line magazines. This includes the likes of Seventeen, Harpers Bazaar, American Vogue, Glamour, Esquire, and Cosmopolitan. She has also walked the ramp for many famous fashionistas like André Courrèges, Versace, Revlon, and Calvin Klein. For her campaign with Calvin Klein, Hensen featured on a billboard in Times Square.
The height of Patti’s fame in the modeling world was recorded with her appearance on the December 1978 cover of Esquire, when “The Year of the Lusty Woman” was celebrated. The popular model would put a hold on her work and walk on the runway and the reason is not far-fetched. Just like many other models of her ilk, Patti decided to have a taste of the moving movie world.
She Shelved Her Modeling Career To Try Her Hands At Acting
After Patti Hansen put her modeling career to a halt in the early 1980s, the runway queen went into acting, gracing our screen on the sets of a few movies. A chance for the model to make her on-screen debut came in 1979 when she made an appearance in Judith Ross’ comedy film entitled Rich Kids where she breathed life into the character of Beverly. They All Laughed, the 1981 romantic comedy directed by Peter Bogdanovich featured her in the role of Sam (Deborah Wilson). Barely four years later in 1984, she joined the cast of Hard to Hold as Nicky Nides. Hard to Hold is a movie directed by Larry Peerce with the likes of Rick Springfield in the leading role.
So far, we have only seen Patti Hansen in the three aforementioned feature films. However, the New Yorker has appeared as herself in many documentaries, and TV series including Michael Kors: Fall/Winter 2019/2020 at NYFW, The Mike Douglas Show, and Casablancas: The Man Who Loved Women.
Patti Hansen Returned To Modeling In 1993
Having made her mark in the movie industry, Hansen had to make a u-turn in her career when the runway beckoned. It happened that veteran designer Calvin Klein needed to use the 1970s-era models for his 1993 collection and Hansen was one of the selected few.
The A-list model recorded a milestone in her career in 1999 when she was presented as one of the Modern Muses, gracing the November 1999 Millennium cover of American Vogue. Patti featured in adverts for Guerlain’s perfume Shalimar Light in 2004 and she appeared alongside her two daughters Theodora and Alexandra. She also starred in Net-a-Porter ad with Theodora. The runway queen graced the runway once again in February 2019 walking for Michael Kors for the designer’s Studio 54-inspired Fall 2019 collection.
Among other things, Patti Hansen launched a bag label named Hung on U. The label consists of cross-body bags that are in different sizes, colors, and skins (from rubber to suede). Their prices range from $30 to $400. Hansen penned down her autobiography entitled, Patti Hansen: A Portrait which was launched at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.
She Has 2 Kids With Husband, Keith Richards
Patti Hansen met Keith Richards during her 23rd birthday celebration at Studio 54 in 1979 when Richards bought her a bottle of champagne because Hansen’s friend, Shaun Casey entreated him to do so. They began dating after nine months during Richards’ 36th birthday and got engaged four years later in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The couple eventually tied the nuptials on the 18th Of December 1983.
Their union is blessed with two daughters, Theodora Richards (born 18th March 1985) and Alexandra Richards (born on 28th July 1986). From all indications, the Patti/Keith love is going as strong as ever. Patti has been battling with breast and bladder cancer for some time now.
Daughter, Theodora Dupree Richards Is A Model
Patti Hansen’s first daughter, Theodora Dupree Richards followed in the footsteps of her mother as she started modeling when she was 16 years of age. She has modeled for many five-star brands like New York City premium denim collection, 4Stroke Jeans, and has appeared on the cover of many top-notch magazines including Lucire and L’Officiel.
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Loved listening to Theodora’s Off The Cuff episode dedicated to Alexandra for her birthday. The playlist and stories made me so joyful and I felt the energy of my family dancing and enjoying from near and far in their own houses. Even though we are in covid, music brought us all together for one hour today. (The picture above is from when the girls were in chicken pox quarantine!)
Daughter Alexandra Nicole Richards Is A Model and Artist
Patti’s second daughter, Alexandra Nicole Richards is also a model, though she equally functions as a DJ, and an artist. Hansen’s second daughter is based in New York City. She started her modeling career in her teens and has featured in many top-shelf magazines like Vanity Fair, French Jalouse, ID Magazine, Vogue, Teen Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, British Glamour, Italian Glamour, Jane Magazine, as well as the French edition of Playboy.
Alexandra is currently married to a visual artist and filmmaker with a background in fashion and advertising, Jacques Naude after being in a relationship with him for several years.
Hansen’s Husband Keith Richards Is Most Famous As A Rolling Stones Band Member
Keith Richards is renowned as a guitarist, songwriter, singer, and record producer. The Kent native is a member of one of the most popular rock bands of our time, The Rolling Stones. The maestro has written some of the greatest hit rock songs of all time. Richards remains one of the most globally recognized and legendary figures of rock music and has been a positive influence among numerous young musicians.
Patti Hansen’s spouse is not just a member of The Rolling Stones, the iconic musician has also toured with The New Barbarians. Moreover, he has also been the front-man of the X-Pensive Winos. Notable among his albums are hits like Emotional Rescue, Goats Head Soup, and Exile on Main St. He has made cameo appearances in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and its sequels. In 2011, Richards was ranked fourth on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Best Guitarists list. The rock star has an estimated net worth of $340 million, placing him among the wealthiest musicians in the U.K.