Fabio Lanzoni, Circa 1978

Fabio recalls taking a huge bite of The Big Apple.

Does this kind of thing still happen today? Although we’re by no means subject matter experts when it comes to the modeling industry, it seems to FishbowlNY that Instagram has largely supplanted walk-ins.

From The Guardian’s recent chat with the now 56-year-old Fabio Lanzoni:

I came to New York City at 19 years old, walked into the Ford modeling agency without an appointment and walked out with a contract. The next day, in the gym, I got a call and was asked to meet with Barry McKinley, then the biggest photographer in the world. He hired me for the biggest campaign in America – the launch of The Gap. At that time, if you were one of the top male models in the world, you could earn $120,000 a year. My first job, straight away, was close to $150,000. So I set new standards.

There’s plenty more fun stuff in Fabio’s chat with Guardian deputy fashion editor Hannah Marriott, including a cleverly positioned to-text photo of the Milan native holding a tub of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter and this self-evaluation:

I’d be the biggest hypocrite if I said I really worked very hard for my career, because it was given to me on a silver platter. I can’t take any credit. My major focus was sports and going to the gym.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Fabio Gets No Love From The New Yorker

[Image via: fabioifc.com]