Natalia Velez is the illustrious “false WAG” of the World Cup this summer. The 26-year-old supermodel has been rumored to be dating Columbian striker Radamel Falcao despite both of them denying even knowing each other.
Read on to find out what you need to know about the Sports Illustrated model:
1. Velez Is Rumored to Be the Girl Radamel Falcao Is Cheating On His Wife With
Radamel Falcao is married to Argentinean singer Lorelei Taron. In June 2013, the media caught Radamel cradling Taron’s baby bump on a beach in Miami, and in August 2013, the two gave birth to Dominique Garcia Taron.
In 2012, The Sun released an article claiming Falcao was cheating on Taron with supermodel Natalia Velez. The publication claimed that Velez and Falcao met in Spain and had started seeing each other, despite the striker’s marriage to Taron.
Falcao and Velez both denied accusations that they were dating through their Twitter accounts, and in fact both claimed they had never met. Natalia wrote,
Thank you for the messages of support that make me happy, because everyone is aware of the lack of scruples of this medium of communication (…) I do not know Falcao. This rumor is hurting me because my name has been tarnished.
Falcao later sued The Sun for its false publication.
Despite the fact that they’ve denied the allegations, Velez has continued to appear in multiple articles about the hottest WAGs of the World Cup this summer. The International Business Times posted an article just last week detailing the sexiest WAGs, and Hamrofootball did the same. The latter magazine says,
Despite several continual articles and rumors, the couple have denied that they are not together. However, these two have been spotted several times together in beautiful beaches of the countryside that puts her to the number 3 spot.
There is no definitive answer as to whether or not the two are together, though it seems like a publicity stunt– especially sincethere are no publicized images Velez and Falcao together. Falcao is also still married to Taron.
2. She Starred Nude In a Superbowl XLVI Commercial
The model is famous for her work with GoDaddy.com— a privately held web hosting company that functions primarily as an internet domain registrar. In 2012, the company released a commercial for the Superbowl that had US racing driver and model Danica Patrick and ‘The Bigger Losers’ host Jillian Michaels painting Velez.
The Huffington Post wrote an article about the ridiculous campaign adds GoDaddy had been broadcasting over the past few years.
There’s no question GoDaddy’s sexy Super Bowl ads have raised some eyebrows over the years. And the 2012 commercial, in partnership with .CO, is no different.
Twitter also exploded after the commercial aired back in 2012, with complaints about the company’s bizarre commercials.
3. She’s Too Short For Runway Modeling
Velez may be too short for traditional runway modeling, but that hasn’t kept her from finding work. Velez models consistently for swimsuit and lingerie magazines, and has worked with Avon, Coca-Cola, Pantene, Pepsi, and Samsung.
4. Sports Illustrated Was Demanded to Add More Pictures of Her
The Columbian model was featured in Sports Illustrated’s Hot Clicks Lovely Lady of the Day. Velez says that she never sought out to pursue a career in modeling, and, in fact, it sought her. Sports Illustrated‘s website featured Velez in another issue due to popular demand.
On Monday, Colombian model Natalia Velez was featured as Hot Clicks’ Lovely Lady of the Day. Due to overwhelming reader demand, we were forced to give Hot Clicks Nation more Natalia. Here is a photo gallery of never-seen-before pictures.
She was later named Sports Illustrated’s Lovely Lady of the Day.
5. She’s An Engineer
On Twitter, Velez is a self-proclaimed “design engineer and model.” She splits her time between Medellin, Columbia, and Miami.
Her GoDaddy.com bio confirms she is an product engineer by training who works in the econ design department at an environmental services company.
Velez’s official Facebook page
claims she was born in Guayaquil Ecuador, but moved to Columbia when she was eight months old.