THE ANATOMY OF IDE FABIO
MEGA Man|July 2021
FROM SUPERMODEL TO SUPER DAD
CHINO HERNANDEZ.
In 10 years’ time, Fabio Ide knows exactly where he’ll be. He’ll be sitting on his surfboard, waiting for the next big wave to come. His skin in toasted and leathery from the radical heat of the sun, and the stillness of the water is giving his soul ease. At the distance, his children are all playing on the sand. Behind them is a beautiful resort-hotel, which his family happily operates on their own. His girlfriend, a big fan of growing greens, will be at their pocket garden, where she is picking herbs for that evening’s large (but healthy) feast. Fabio has a few hours more before he needs to swim back to shore. For now, it’s time to relax and just exist—away from cellphones, noise, and social media. It’s just him, and the waves.

As a former supermodel, and a current actor and entrepreneur, this type of lifestyle is the exact opposite of what Fabio Ide is used to. In his late teens, he was already traveling the world, booking brands and campaigns shoots across thirteen different countries. He then became a staple in the Manila party and showbiz scene, when he eventually decided to call the Philippines his new, adoptive home. He quickly added entrepreneur to his resume, when he came a partner with the great minds behind iconic nightspots like 71 Gramercy and The Palace. Fabio would not slow down. There was no time to. He was young, bright, good looking, and ready to take over the world.

Today, Ide exists in a new light. He is just in his early 30s, but you can already tell that the Brazilian-Japanese celebrity is aging gracefully—both spiritually and physically. Now a father, he has new priorities. Life is no longer about late night parties or buying the latest trends, but about providing for his young daughter Danielle. For her, he longs to stay healthy and happy, successful and relevant. He wants to earn the title of “Best Dad Ever.” In an hour-long conversation with Ide, we dug into his inner workings. From his early career as a supermodel to his new life as Super Dad, the anatomy of The New Fabio was constructed from a long and rich personal history.

HOME IN AN UNEXPECTED PLACE

“At first, my dad wanted me to become a judge or lawyer,” began the Brapanese (an urban term that refers to male models of mixed Brazilian and Japanese heritage) gentleman over a Zoom interview. “I was okay with that because all I wanted to do was make him proud.” Despite trying, Ide’s law career would end after three months, when he transferred to an arts course, and began modeling on the side. At 19 years old, he got his big break when he was scouted to be an international model. His first assignment: a contract which would bring him to the bustling metropolitan city of Hong Kong. “The agents told me they really liked my look, and that they’d pay for my ticket and my apartment. At the time, I just really wanted to travel. I was living with my parents and I really craved for freedom.” Despite this sudden career change, his family was nothing but supportive. With their blessing, he packed up his bags and flew from Brazil to Asia’s World City.

Ide’s early twenties included the jet-set lifestyle you’d think an in-demand male model would have. He was globe-trotting, while shooting campaigns and advertisements for top brands all around the world. He lived and worked in 13 different countries, building his book in places such as Thailand, Singapore, Korea, Los Angeles, South Africa, Japan, and China. However, he found his future home in an unexpected place. “When I was in Hong Kong, I did a fashion show with a popular [Filipino] male model named Rocky Salumbides. We took a photo together, and when he posted it on Facebook, his manager Jonas Gaffud [of Meractor], saw me and asked if I willing to go the Philippines. So I came here for the first time in 2006, and it worked out really well,” he said with a grin.

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