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Old 03-15-2011, 06:15 PM
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Sad news for ladies of the SDMB

I was shocked to read a sad news item in the newspaper today. Beloved romance novel cover icon Fabio has turned 50! I'm sure you all remember fondly his chiselled pectorals and flowing long blond locks. Young fans may have seen him in his blink-and-you'll-miss-me cameos in Zoolander and Dude, where's my car? Words do not suffice to express the stupendous package of perfection embodied by Fabio. Some samples:

Fabio in a loincloth

Fabio: The Man of My Dreams

Book covers galore!!!

Some people may mock him as effete Eurotrash. To those people, I say, this is someone who killed a goose with his nose: no lightweight he! Step aside, Chuck Norris! In addition to his album Fabio After Dark (doubtless available on eBay), I should also mention his body of work in this well-known series of television appearances (dieters, take note).

I salute his sheer awesomeness.
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Old 03-15-2011, 06:25 PM
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All I can say is that I thought he was older.
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Old 03-15-2011, 06:36 PM
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To those people, I say, this is someone who killed a goose with his nose
Thank you for brightening my day by reminding me that that happened.
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Old 03-15-2011, 07:47 PM
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50 isn't that bad! I'd take him over any of the horde of young, ugly male celebrities that are being passed off these days as 'hotties'. (yeah, yeah, you kids get off of my lawn...)
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Old 03-15-2011, 09:43 PM
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I never saw the appeal. I think his face is kind of odd looking.
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Old 03-15-2011, 09:51 PM
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It's not the face, it's the too-long suicide-blonde hair. Actually, it somehow reminds me more of long fur than hair; I cna't think why exactly.

Anyway, he'd have been the next Swarzenegger (sp?) if he'd gotten a decent haircut. IIRC the dye job in the commercials was particularly bad.
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Old 03-16-2011, 04:01 AM
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The good news is I'm still available! No fighting ladies, the line starts right over here.
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Old 03-16-2011, 04:07 AM
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I never saw the appeal. I think his face is kind of odd looking.
Yeah, it's kind of horsey-looking and long, isn't it? Not like my finely chiseled, but classic, features.
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Old 03-16-2011, 04:41 AM
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Yeah, it's kind of horsey-looking and long, isn't it? Not like my finely chiseled, but classic, features.

So, how you doin' Musicat?

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Old 03-16-2011, 04:56 AM
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I'd think the fact that he's older isn't sad news, as his fanbase is older too. It's not like at age 50 he'll automatically turn to dust, right?

The best of Fabio's many cameo appearances, BTW, was in the video for Jill Sobule's "I Kissed a Girl."
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Old 03-16-2011, 06:02 AM
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I never particularly liked him to begin with, so it is no great loss to me. The military has always had lots of hunky clean cut men in uniform...

/fans self

Ill be over here .....

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Old 03-16-2011, 06:17 AM
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Oh, good. He's almost old enough to be interesting.

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Old 03-16-2011, 07:05 AM
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I should also mention his body of work
Given the subject, this bit cracked me up.
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Old 03-16-2011, 11:17 AM
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I've also heard he was a fairly decent gentleman, too, and a nice guy.

Good on you, Fabio. Maybe you weren't my favorite or anything but you are practically an incon of my generation.
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Old 03-16-2011, 12:15 PM
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So turning 50 is the same as death?
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Old 03-16-2011, 12:16 PM
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So turning 50 is the same as death?
Nonono, "good on you" for still being in the public eye and making your career not just based on your looks. I knew my comment would be misconstrued.

And I meant "icon". Not "incon".
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Old 03-16-2011, 12:22 PM
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People have always loved to make fun of that guy, and I never understood why. He seems like an okay person. He can't help it if he's outrageously handsome.
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Old 03-16-2011, 12:31 PM
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Nonono, "good on you" for still being in the public eye and making your career not just based on your looks. I knew my comment would be misconstrued.

And I meant "icon". Not "incon".
Actually, I was referring to the OP.
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Old 03-16-2011, 12:46 PM
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Pretty hair, nice body, but just never could get past the weirdness that was his face. The features just don't... ?fit? together right or something.
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Old 03-16-2011, 12:55 PM
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All I can say is that I thought he was older.
Oh yeah, me too. I'm not that far from 50 myself and I've always thought of him (when I've thought of him) as being more than 3 years older than me.
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Old 03-16-2011, 12:56 PM
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His eyes are too close to his eyebrows. That's the flaw. Plus he always had moobs. And shiny orange skin.

I feel so judgmental!
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Old 03-16-2011, 02:42 PM
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So turning 50 is the same as death?
Yes?
Well, no, but being a sex symbol gets harder when you get older. Trust me, I know.
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Old 03-16-2011, 02:45 PM
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People have always loved to make fun of that guy, and I never understood why. He seems like an okay person. He can't help it if he's outrageously handsome.
I'm ready to believe that he's a perfectly nice and decent human being. But making a career out of being on the covers of romance novels is something that is bound to end up with you being the butt of jokes. Don't get me wrong, if I could have had his career I wouldn't have turned it down (seems to me like a fun and easy job that brought him more money than I earn), but I would be prepared for people to crack wise at my expense.
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Old 03-16-2011, 03:36 PM
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Meh. I prefer Kevin Sorbo.
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Old 03-16-2011, 05:31 PM
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So turning 50 is the same as death?
Romantically, yes.
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Old 03-16-2011, 07:02 PM
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His wikipedia entry says he's 52, but I still think that's about 5 years low.

Joe
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Old 03-16-2011, 07:07 PM
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And now he's doing Toyota commercials along with such superstars as Erik Estrada.
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I never found him attractive in the least. I like an interesting face on a man, not a perfectly symmetrical cube with features and girl hair.

But I do seem to remember he was ok with making fun of himself, I think he parodied himself in a sketch (maybe SNL?), but I appreciate anyone who doesn't take themselves too seriously.
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Old 03-16-2011, 07:58 PM
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Oh, good. He's almost old enough to be interesting.
I am so stealing this.


Fabio never appealed to me but one has to admire his marketing skills. Name one other cover model.
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I'd think the fact that he's older isn't sad news, as his fanbase is older too. It's not like at age 50 he'll automatically turn to dust, right?

The best of Fabio's many cameo appearances, BTW, was in the video for Jill Sobule's "I Kissed a Girl."
I rather liked the one at the end of a Roseanne episode (the snippets they had during the credits). Dan went into the bathroom, then Fabio came out and go into bed with Roseanne. He embraced her, then started to say something in Dan's voice. Roseanne said "Dan, don't talk".

He was also in some TV commercial recently - for a car, I think.

I don't think the long-hair look really works for him at this age.
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Old 03-17-2011, 01:09 PM
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Looking at the link with all of his book covers, I'm surprised how many on them feature him in a pants-free state.
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Old 03-17-2011, 01:14 PM
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I am so stealing this.
I have definitely learned to appreciate the older male.
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Old 03-17-2011, 01:59 PM
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I have definitely learned to appreciate the older male.
Amen, sister!
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I have to agree with never finding him all that sexy and his features being kind of off. His face is a bit too square. I also thought he was older than 50, but I will give him props for still being physically fit. Must be all that "not butter".

I will give an "amen" to Kevin Sorbo!
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Old 03-17-2011, 02:40 PM
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I always appreciated him as a guy who lucked into a great gig and knew it was silly. That and his ability to make fun of himself for it.

Still, this is his finest hour.
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Old 03-18-2011, 12:21 PM
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He's adorable in that video. It also demonstrates why he has that goofy hair. It's only there to be unleashed from headwear, and to blow in the breeze.
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Old 03-19-2011, 01:58 AM
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It all depends on the man. I don't have any interest in Fabio, but the musician Tim Finn and his brother Neil are both sexy.
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Old 03-19-2011, 10:25 AM
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People have always loved to make fun of that guy, and I never understood why. He seems like an okay person. He can't help it if he's outrageously handsome.
It's not what it's cracked up to be.
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Looking at the link with all of his book covers, I'm surprised how many on them feature him in a pants-free state.
Yes, and that's why we love him! I would say 999 out of 1000 average men look like jackasses in a pants-free state and that's why you don't see average men on covers of romance novels.

And all of you just knock it off, Kevin Sorbo is MINE!


Oh. Forgot. Saw Fabio's house on some lifestyles of celebrities show a few years ago, easy to tell he wasn't married: his kitchen was FULL of motorcycles. Parked there, on the kitchen floor. I thought that was hilarious!

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