The famous Fabio romance covers of the 1980s and ’90s were glorious, embarrassing, corny, sexy, or off putting, depending on whom you ask. Because of their prominence, Fabio is shorthand for a man with flowing locks, gripping a comely woman against his glossy, hairless chest in a pose known as a clinch.

While Fabio may be the joke romance played on itself, the joke is also on those who can’t get past him — they’re missing out on the fun.

Source: Fabio Romance Novel Covers: A Brief History By The Numbers

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