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Sunday, September 12, 2004

Alvaro a baby snatcher??

I don't think too many people know who Lillian Pieroni (in the pic) is - she's been around for a while, seemed to enjoy an active social life in NYC, Leticia Birkheuer mentioned her as a very close friend in interviews, but I hardly see why her wedding warrants a story in - unless it's a Zampolli plug since Nadejda is with ID Models, she is an ex Miss Moldova I think.

The interesting news is the stuff about Isabelli's baby. If the police is involved, it's obviously more than a petty family dispute.

"...COUNTLESS international models and New York jet-setters converged on Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana Palace Hotel for IMG mannequin Lilian Pieroni's wedding to a very fortunate Brazilian banker a few days back. Gothamites including Adam Dell, the venture-capitalist brother of computer mogul Michael Dell, joined top models like Leticia Birkheuer, Michelle Alves and Galliano girl Nadejda Savcova in the festivities. Fashion world moguls were in attendance as well, with Valentino big Giancarlo Giammetti and ID Models owner Paolo Zampolli on hand to toast the lucky couple. The hottest topic of conversation was the recent disappearance of Hermes model Isabeli Fontana's 1-year-old son Zion, who police suspect was snatched by Fontana's ex-husband, a former model named Αlvaro Jacomossi. The child had yet to be found, but cops were scouring the island paradise of Santa Catarina in southern Brazil in search of the missing toddler..."

Alvaro and Isabeli lived in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina province, from what I know - perhaps with Alvaro's parents, but I am not sure.

I suspect that if Isabeli had not suddenly become so hip with high fashion types, all this may not have happened.

When did Alvaro stop modelling btw?

Below,Alvaro and Isabelli just 2 months ago, in Rio

As for the bullshit stories about Isabeli being Vogue's and AW's "face of the millennium", most people should remember the time when she was in the "hip in NYC" lists along with many other Brazilians, back when Gisele was really big, in the late 90s - but she was removed from the hipster charts after 2001, when AW's lackeys publically declared (via their London mouthpiece, the Daily Telegraph) that "Brazilian models are over". Then the "Belgians" arrived and much changed in the past 5 years - but the Brazilians proved to be too popular and AW's cronies could not afford to ignore them for long.
German Vogue once mentioned Polish mod Malgosia Bela as the Vogue empire's "Face of 2000" - but that was before NYC modelling biz types consolidated their power, and Paris was still the modelling biz center. I remember when the better IMG people were operating from Paris (Isabelli, Jeisa and Ana Beatriz moved there and got a lot of hype in late 1999/2000, when IMG was really pushing their Brazilians) - they declared an Olga Maliuk as their "face of the future" - if you know where Olga is nowdays, drop them a line.
This crap usually comes from biz "professionals" of course, who are always the biggest ignorants when it comes to models and modelling history.


At 9/12/2004 1:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alvaro was still modeling in July. He can't be an ex model, not yet.. Page Six never gets it right when it comes to models. I think if the incident happened at all, it must've been some weeks ago, maybe a month? cuz I doubt Isabeli would be looking all happy in NYC if it had happened a few days ago. Maybe the fact that she got so succesful all of a sudden has something to do with Isabeli and Alvaro's breakup, but her mom said she treated her like shit while he treated everyone else fine, so maybe he was just an asshole. She's so lovely, I can't imagine someone treating her like shit but that's the way it goes.


I remember Vogue hyped Elizora Olivier, Liudmilla Bakhmat and Denni Parkinson around 2000, I thought they'd be huge but they never even used them.. never even became popular, 'cept for Liudmilla maybe. I wouldn't pay much attention to what they have to say about models, they never use(d) three of my favorite models, Maria Carla, Delfine and Jessica Miller, they must be insane for not using Maria Carla!

At 9/12/2004 2:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Alvaro's serial cheating had more to do with their break up than Isabeli's sudden success - there's a brazilian blog similar to this one full of stories of him being spotted around the town with random models, and openly gropping them in public.

At 9/12/2004 4:55 PM, Blogger FV said...

well - you don't really know who is spreading these stories

and what about the one linking Isabelli with some Brazilian celeb, H Castelli or whoever?

Was that before Alvaro started going after other models - or before?

I bet his mom will have something to say on the matter too!!!!!!!

At 9/13/2004 5:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently Isabeli started dating Henri Castelli, a brazilian actor only recently, and the stories surrounding Alvaro's infidelities have been going on since the beginning of their relationship. And i think the chances of those stories being untrue are pretty slim - he's always been quite open about his behaviour and almost everyone who's ever been to a fashion show in Brazil has seen him "acting up" at one point or another (which just makes his recently 'betrayed' act all the more ridiculous)...

At 9/13/2004 7:20 PM, Blogger FV said...

In that case, why did Isabeli express her adoration for him so openly on TV?

Others models rarely mention their boyfriends - Isabelli was on FTV, before Zion was born, talking about how it felt being away from her "baby" whose name was Alvaro J...

You don't use that sort of language when you know your "baby" is cheating...

I still think her sudden high fashion success had something to do with it...

At 9/13/2004 11:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, come on... i know a lot of women who prefer to stay blind to those things for a long time (always thinking they can make their loved one change) - i'm not saying he was abbusive or shitty to her in a direct way, but he was, in fact, a cheater. You're right about her success having something to do with it though - for one thing, people are saying she's become a lot more confident since it all started, but in my opinion, it just made something that was innevitable come a little sooner.

At 9/13/2004 11:40 PM, Blogger FV said...

...and after Zion was born, they appeared together in shows and social events, they both went to the Mega/TicTac Model Search gala not long ago, got photographed together for the cover of Gente, etc etc

They certainly didn't look like an unhappy couple

At 10/01/2004 9:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

About Lillian Pieroni: she seems like a big girl... what do you think about them? are you for the school of stick thin (calves the size of a healthy person's upper arm) girls or Larger girls? is there really a difference photography-runway- wise between a small or medium large frame? Obviously, a sallow looking anorexic girl is less marketable then a 90-60-90 healthy girl (Yamila Diaz comes to mind), commericially but that doesn't seem to be the case for runway.

At 10/02/2004 11:27 PM, Blogger FV said...

runway - anything goes, from chubby midgets to very thin very tall ones - as long as they are not particularly attractive

Commercially, the people who sell lots of merch to lots of people will obviously go for the more appealing models - except in some US market sectors, where looking bland seems to be an advantage

At 10/07/2004 6:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what do YOU consider better? and a side note, what is wrong with a 20 year old starting to model? 20 years old is still pretty young generally, but for models, its aincient.

Also, who is the Aussie Girl I've seen at Valentin Yudashkin (this season, last season) and Ab Sol (Last season bad pic available at

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