I’ve decided to write about all of the celebrities I’ve met in my life. It’ll probably only be once a month, and I’ll crank them out until I run out of famous people.
First of all, Happy Valentine’s Day to all of my phicklephilly readers! I hope you’re in love or at least love something! If you’re not happy today, and if anyone starts talking about love, romance, hearts, cards, or chocolate, just slap them and say ‘it’s Wednesday!
It’s a coincidence and fitting that I release this piece on Valentine’s Day. Because this lady is and always will hold a special place in my heart.
This one happened about 11 years ago when I was working in Manhattan. The year was 2007.
I was sitting in a dive bar in Journal Square in Jersey City one evening after work. My buddy Howard was with me. I’m drinking a beer and reading the Daily News. On the Entertainment, page was a little blurb at the bottom about how Alessandra Ambrosio was going to be making an appearance at the new Armani Exchange in Manhattan on Saturday afternoon.
I think every guy has an “It” girl in life. Some movie stars, athletes, or models that they just adore. In the ’70s and 80’s for me, it was Farrah Fawcett. I LOVED Farrah. I owned all of her posters starting with the famous red swimsuit. I was even a card-carrying member of her fan club. Always watched Charlie’s Angels and all of her movies.
But sometime in the 90’s I noticed this one model in a Victoria’s Secret catalog that really struck me. I didn’t know her name for several years. But once you have a woman in your life and order something from their catalog, they never stop coming. They must send them out every couple of weeks because I had loads of them coming to the house.
I eventually found out the identity of this exquisite woman. Alessandra Ambrosio. I was in love. Her perfectly symmetrical face, with her feline eyes and lovely tawny hair is a combination that drove me nuts. I absolutely have adored Alessandra for years. I know I love beautiful women, it’s hard not to. But Alessandra to me is one of the most beautiful women on the planet.
Alessandra Ambrosio was born in Erechim, Brazil on April 11, 1981. Her parents are Brazilians of Italian, Portuguese, and Polish ancestry and own a petrol station. She enrolled in a modeling class at the age of 12, and at the age of 14, she was one of 20 finalists for the 1995 Elite Model Look national competition for Brazil. Ambrosio was always insecure about her large ears, and at the age of 11, she had cosmetic surgery to have her ears pinned back, though two years later she suffered complications. In 2006, she appeared on The Tyra Banks Show and said that the surgery was a bad experience and has discouraged her from ever getting plastic surgery again.
I would love Alessandra the same even if her ears stuck straight out like open car doors!
When Ambrosio was 12 years old, she partook in modeling classes, and then began modeling for Dilson Stein at age 15. Competing in Brazil’s Elite Model Look competition started her modeling career in earnest. Her first notable modeling job was shooting the cover of Brazilian Elle magazine. Elite passed along some of her Polaroids to Guess which led her to book the Millennium GUESS? campaign. She has since appeared in advertising campaigns for Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta, Christian Dior, Escada, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Guess, Emporio Armani, Moschino, Gap, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, Revlon, and the Pirelli Calendar. She has walked the catwalks for designers such as Prada, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, Christian Lacroix, Bottega Veneta, Escada, Tommy Hilfiger, Christian Dior, Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Balmain, Ralph Lauren, Halston, Vivienne Westwood, Giles Deacon, and Oscar de la Renta. She has appeared in numerous international magazine covers, including Cosmopolitan, Elle, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Ocean Drive, Vogue, and was the only model to appear on the cover of Glamour in the United States in 2006.
“I HAVE to go to A/X Armani Exchange on Saturday and try to see her! Do you want to go with me?”
“Why the hell would I want to go meet some supermodel? I’m gay!”
“Well she’s a fashion model and I figured you guys like stuff that’s fashionable.”
So Saturday comes and I go to the local Rite Aid and buy a disposable camera. (Yea. I had a little cell phone back then before there were any iPhones or androids and that little phone didn’t have a camera in it. That thing was probably made by Fisher-Price for all I know. A lot has happened in the world of technology in the last 15 years!)
So I’ve got my little cheapo plastic throw-away camera and I hop on the PATH train into Manhattan. I get off at 32nd Street and walk East over to Fifth Avenue, The store is up around 56th Street so I need to walk north about 25 blocks. That’s a little bit of a hike. But it’s Saturday in the Summer and Manhattan is quiet on the weekends.
After a while I finally reach the store. There’s a line of people to get in. I get in line behind this Asian girl and I go, “Is this the line to see Alessandra?”
“Oh, I have no idea. I just saw a lot of people here and I wanted to see what was going on.”
What a moron. How can she not know who Alessandra Ambrosio is?
The line is moving and I get inside.
The minute I lay eyes on the super queen I involuntarily gasp. I literally sucked air sharply into my lungs like I never have before.
I can’t believe I am standing in the same room with her. I can’t believe that I’m not seeing just a photograph of my queen. I am looking upon one of the most beautiful women in the world and the only thing that’s separating she and I is space.
She sits down and starts signing things. I’m snapping pics and my heart is pounding. I’m getting closer!
Ohh…my love. My Queen! She is stunning! They take my name and write it on a little Post It. I assume this is because they don’t want any misspellings on the pictures she’s signing.
I finally reach Alessandra!!!
My arm around my queen!
I introduce myself and I can’t believe I am meeting her for real. She says my name and I swoon. My name coming from Alessandra’s lovely lips.
There she is! It’s really her! I’m shaking hands with my favorite woman on Earth. I’m looking into the eyes of the object of my desire for the last 10 years. She signs the photo, and I ask if they will take a photo of me with my camera. She agrees and I hand it to her handlers. I tell them to take a few just in case.
I put my arm around her, and lean in. My hand is on her shoulder! I’m touching Alessandra! My love!
I’m so close to Alessandra, I can smell her.
This is framed in my living room.
I will never be the same. I leave with my little camera full of photos, and the above-autographed picture.
To Charles, Love, Alessandra. (Heart. Star.)
I love her even more now. I’ve met Alessandra Ambrosio! This day has been a dream come true. I’m holding the picture and I don’t want anything to happen to it, so I run across the street into of all things, a Victoria’s Secret. (Fitting!) I approach one of the sales girls and ask if I can have a bag.
“What do you need it for?”
I hold up the photo. “To protect this autographed picture of Victoria’s Secret model, Alessandra Ambrosio.”
The chick looks like she doesn’t know who Alessandra is and hands me a bag. I gently slide my treasure inside it. (puns abound) I thank the girl and nearly skip to the PATH station.
I’ve added these delicious little videos to close out this piece. I can’t watch the first one without getting worked up. I love her so much.
I met my super queen. I never met Farrah Fawcett. I loved her so much, but I met my new queen Alessandra. It was a glorious day in my short life. She’ll never know how much I love her but I met her, We got a picture together, I touched her, and smelled her.
My lovely Alessandra…
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