Fabiola Beracasa: A Beginner's Guide

by Chiara Atik · May 11, 2010

There are rumors floating about that Fabiola Beracasa has a television project in the works. This is amazing news, and not in an ironic-we're-going-to-make-fun-of-this way. Fabiola obviously never got the "socialites are supposed to be well-behaved and boring" memo. She's interesting and original, and thus totally deserving of our attention. -

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Socialite Tinsley Mortimer's gamble in participating in High Society somewhat paid off; she got a lot of publicity out of it, and seemed (relatively) normal on the tv. But anyone who watched High Society will tell you that Tinsley was by no means the most interesting or memorable aspect of it, so it probably didn't push her to the stardom she may have hoped for. Unfortunately, the characters who WERE memorable on the show were just as vile as they were interesting. Enter Fabiola.

Last summer, it was reported that she was working on a TV-show in which she would travel around the world in search of exotic fashion, a sort of Jessica Simpson's The Price Of Beauty and Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations. We're not sure if that's the same show she's working on now, but regardless, here are some quick facts to get you up to speed on this most quirky socialite.

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Fabiola is the daughter of socialite Veronica Hearst, who moved to New York City with 11 year-old Fabiola in 1987 to marry Randolph Hearst. Fabiola lived in the same 5th Avenue apartment with her mother for decades to come.

Social Beginnings

Fabiola spent her formative years at a Boarding School in Switzerland, where she went through a goth period.  After attending college at BU, Fabiola got an internship with Karl Lagerfeld. She then started working in Christian Dior's special events department. In the early-mid 2000s, she, along with friend Tinsley Mortimer, became two of the biggest names on the New York Social circuit.

New York's #2 Socialite

In 2006-2007, Tinsley and Fabiola caught the attention of SocialiteRank.com, the now defunct website which for a while meticulously ranked socialites, their clothing, the amount of photos published of them, and the parties they attended. The website was accused of favoritism towards Fabi and The Tinz, consistently ranking them towards the top. When Olivia Palermo burst onto the scene, the two women were often (with or without merit) pitted against her, and websites were quick to spread rumors about a feud between the women, reporting that Fabiola "reluctantly" posed with Olivia and were "less than delighted" to see her.

Anecdotes

When a cop showed up after someone filed a noise complaint at her "end of season" Hamptons costume party in 2006, Fabiola insisted he check out her costume first. Fabiola, along with Tinsley, was a bridesmaid at Lauren Santo Domingo's wedding. And, (according to CityFile), Fabiola was so distraught when her Chihuahua, Alfonso, was struck by a car while being walked by the Butler that she canceled all her social engagements and spent a week recovering in Palm Beach. You can't make this stuff up, guys.

Choice Quote

"Last year I got cold and had to spend $500 on a cashmere hoodie from the Ralph Lauren stand at the stadium." -On Attending The US Open

(This quote is unfairly taken out of context...Fabiola was commenting on how excessively posh the US Open has gotten. But we think the out-of-context quote is pretty badass)

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Personal Life

Fabiola has been dating Jason Beckman forever. After the tragic death of Alfonso, Beckman gave her his ownlong-haired chihuahua. They named her Anouk. Not after the model. For Halloween last year, they dressed up as Prince Charles and Lady Di (I think?) but hilariously Fabiola was Prince Charles and Jason was Diana.

Get these two a reality show!

[Photos via V Magazine, Vogue, Go Fug Yourself]