Sunday Reads: The Cult of Fabio, Women of the Manosphere and the State of Nudes at the Workplace
I dare you to think of a male model you know by name that isn’t Fabio. No, Danny DeVito, Bernie Sanders and Steve Buscemi don’t count. There has to be someone of the male gender who has appeared in a Calvin Klein ad or walked the runway whose name we can actually recite without any thought whatsoever.
Okay, I’m stumped, too.
So maybe the better question is, how the hell did Fabio become so ubiquitous in the first place?
Magdalene Taylor is a junior staff writer at MEL, where she began working two weeks after graduating college. Her work is a blend of cultural analysis and service, covering everything from reconsiderations of low-brow hits like Joe Dirt and Nickelback to contemporary disability issues, OnlyFans and the types of minor questions about life like why baby carrots are so wet. She’s also reported on social media phenomena like “simps” and “pawgs.” In 2018, she published her 111-page undergraduate thesis on Insane Clown Posse, the Juggalo subculture and the subversive aesthetics of class. She is from God’s Country, rural Western Massachusetts.