Birth Name: Paloma Kai Shockley Elsesser
Place of Birth: Camden, London, England, U.K.
Date of Birth: 12 April, 1992
*father – Chilean, Swiss
*mother – African-American, small amount of European
Paloma Elsesser is an American plus-size model.
She was born in London, England, to a father of Chilean and Swiss descent, and an American mother, Anedra Shockley, from Tennessee; her mother is of mostly African-American, and some European, descent. Paloma grew up in Los Angeles with her parents and maternal grandparents. She moved to New York City in 2010. She is the sister of model Ama Elsesser and skateboarder and music producer Sage Elsesser. Her uncle is The Rev. Madison Shockley.
The name Elsesser is likely Swiss-German.
She has stated:
I grew up in LA, lower middle class family and my mom is black and my dad is Chilean and Swiss but grew up in London with all Jamaicans so like still has dreads down to his ass. You feel me. And I grew up going to white private schools my whole life, but I also grew up in a predominantly black household with my grandparents from Tennessee downstairs.
Paloma’s maternal grandfather was named Madison T. Shockley, Sr. Madison was born on the Hayes’ Plantation, in Arlington, Tennessee.
Paloma’s maternal grandmother is Audrey C. Veazey (the daughter of The Rev. Mertie G. F. Veazey and Dolly C. Jolly). Audrey is from Memphis. Her parents were from Mississippi. The Rev. Mertie was the son of The Rev. George Franklin Veazey, who was born into slavery, and established his first church in Arkabutla, Mississippi, in 1890. Dolly was the daughter of a white father, Isaac Jolly, and of a black mother, Minnie. Information about Paloma’s great-great-grandparents can be seen here, along with pictures.
Obituary of Paloma’s maternal grandfather, Madison T. Shockley, Sr. – https://www.legacy.com