An Ode to Fabio, Romance Novel King

An Ode to Fabio, Romance Novel King

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The 2018 crop of male models is an attractive bunch, but they’ve got nothing on the original male model, Fabio. The mononymous model and sex-god is so universally adored that he even held an until recently complete monopoly on romance novel covers. Fabio appears on no less than 466 romance novel covers, including a few of his own! But what was it that made Fabio so well known, so quickly? According to him:    I think I was the first really muscular model. When I started modelling, [clothes] were a 40-inch regular; here I am coming in with a 56-inch chest. I …