Pop culture cognoscente Andy Warhol is often quoted as having said: "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." It's an expression that delves into the public's fascination with celebrity and the fickle fortune of fame. It still rings true today as much as it did in the '60s. This sentiment came straight to our heads when we saw the captivating media blitz that's currently surrounding local photographer Logan Fazio.
Given her talent with the long-range zoom lens, Fazio's certainly been a celebrity in our hearts for a long time. But just this past Sunday, an international paparazzo captured Fazio on the beach, donning a flowing top and an itty-bitty bikini bottom. Then wham bam, images of Fazio with a single-lens reflex camera in hand were splattered all across the webosphere.
So far, she's graced New York Post's infamous Page Six and even made it across the pond to the U.K.'s Daily Mail. We may even have seen her on CBS last night. Certainly her Facebook friend requests are skyrocketing (visit her Facebook fan page , where she affectionately coins herself the "Pin-Up Paparazzo").
Yesterday, Fazio was gracious enough to take a minute and speak with us over the phone. We asked the shapely photog how she's handling newfound fame and how she's planning to spin it. She seemed humbled by the process and is taking it all in stride.
New Times: We see that you labeled yourself the "Pin-Up Paparazzo" -- cute. We were wondering, though, doesn't the word "paparazzo" have a negative connotation? Doesn't it offend you?
Logan Fazio: It is what it is. I find it to be kind of a buzzword. The majority of people do take a negative attitude towards it, but hey, I am what I am. I can say I'm a photo journalist, but I am just going with it and having fun.
Do you always shoot people in a bikini?
It's what I do. I find a lot of celebrities on South Beach and always try to get a full-on body shot. People love to see shots of celebrities in bikinis.
No, I was referring to you; do you always shoot people while you are in a bikini? You are the story now, girl.
Well, to be honest, I don't always dress like "the sexy paparazzo." I was out on South Beach from Tuesday until Sunday watching everyone have fun, enjoying the beach. I just wanted to come out and have some fun and enjoy the day. Lenny Kravitz began to check me out; he is really interested in fashion, and he was admiring my top.
Yeah, uh-huh, we're sure he was checking out just your top. Tell us, did Mr. Kravitz hit on you; what kind of pickup lines does he have?
He didn't say "are you gonna go my way" or anything. He was really nice. I could tell he was checking me out, looking at my vintage top, so I took some pictures of him, and then other paparazzi began taking pictures of me taking pictures of him.
Tell us, do you plan to spin this 15-minute window of fame into something bigger?
I hate to say it, but I have to be honest: I don't want to be a paparazzo all my life. I hope to catch the attention of Victoria's Secret. I always wanted to do more one-on-one work with them. And, also I dream of working with Miley Cyrus.
So you are a fan of the sexier direction Miley has gone in?
Oh, yeah. I love how she changes up her image. And I would love to work with her one day, maybe go on tour with her as a photographer.
OK, tell us, this is for the ladies: How do you develop that well-toned physique, especially the shapely posterior (in case the ladies what to know, you know)?
Don't want to get in trouble and have all the women hating me, but honestly I don't work out. I'm naturally thin. Somehow I have a booty on me. I have to work what I got, and what I got is a booty. Don't hate on me too much, ladies; I don't have much going on on top. The only exercise I do get is from running around chasing celebrities in the hot sun.
How do you feel now that the camera has be turned in your direction?
Oh, I'm loving every minute of it. I'm having so much fun with it. On top of being a paparazzo, I'm also an artist, and part of what I'm doing with the "Pin-Up Paparazzo" is partly a performance-art piece attempting to manipulate the media. It is a social experiment about our society's addiction with fame.
Seems to be working just fine, Miss Fazio. Keep up the good work.