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Fabio claims Gianni Versace owed him $1M for fragrance shoot

Fabio is talking his fact about his working relationship with the late Gianni Versace.

The famed ’90s romance novel cover mannequin defined on the “People in the ’90s” podcast that Versace by no means paid him for a Mediterraneum perfume campaign he labored on within the early ’90s.

Fabio, 62, claimed that his contract was value a number of million; nonetheless, he obtained solely a part of what he was owed. The Italian-born actor alleged that he ought to have gotten a minimum of $1 million additional.

Versace was murdered in July 1997 in entrance of the steps of his mansion in Miami.

“The Versace campaign was extremely successful at that time,” Fabio mentioned, “because it was the biggest contract a model — not just a male model, a model — ever got. So, I got a contract even bigger than Cindy Crawford and the rest of the female models.” 

“It was a multi-multimillion-dollar contract, plus 6% of the growth, of sell,” the “Zoolander” star mentioned. “When I started advertising, all of a sudden it became one of the best colognes out there. I was doing appearances; 15,000, 18,000, 20,000 people were showing up outside of Saks Fifth Avenue.” 

Fabio moved to NYC to kick-start his modeling career in 1987.
Ron Galella Collection by way of Getty

He continued: “You know, unfortunately, Versace wasn’t a very honest man. God bless his soul, but the truth is the truth. He wasn’t a very honest person.” 

Fabio additionally touched upon his career as a mannequin. Going to fabulous events together with his buddies was simply a part of the job till one evening modified his life eternally.

“I saw my best friend overdose from heroin,” Fabio mentioned. “I found him dead in the bathroom.” He was 16 on the time. The expertise was so stunning that he by no means touched medicine or alcohol once more.

Instead, he began getting excessive differently: “My drug became endorphins, like working out.”

The catwalk king moved to New York City in 1987 and he later discovered an agent at Ford Models. He then scored a Gap marketing campaign for a charge of $175,000. Fabio added when he referred to as to inform his father about his job, his dad mentioned, “I’m not going to give you money, so just come back home.”