June 9, 2004
The Rich (and the Fantanas) Are Different From You and Me


Are you confused by the seemingly endless onslaught of boldface names? Who are all these Binky's, Basso's and Baron's, and how do they keep busy when not being photographed at the kind of lavish society galas you could only dream of attending? Fret no more, social upstart, our friends at New York Social Diary have premiered a new feature that promises to answer all these questions and more, The NYSD List. Not to be confused with the Quest 400, David Patrick Columbia'a other New York social circuit resource, "The NYSD List" is generous enough to provide brief bios of these beautiful and/or rich people.

Try to figure out if the insipid copy below is a high-society profile from the "List" or if it's actually from the brief bios provided for the (fictional) Fantanas, those saucy spokegirls from the Fanta campaign. Answers below.

A. [A's] parents made her study ballet from the age of three. She has appeared in countless versions of the Nutcracker Suite…Although she still loves ballet, her heart is really into modern dance…

B. [B,] who is tall, blonde and royal looking, often visits New York where she is at present preparing for the publication of her book, The Serpent and the Moon

C. She loves a good time too, (natch) and is the possessor of that irresistable smoky-voiced laughter that can get anyone talking…

D. If there's such a thing a femme fatale, or even if there's not, the closest thing to it is the beautiful [D]…

E. Her passion for life is infectious. She is upbeat, sunny and a little daring - it's no wonder that people want to be around her.

F. [F. has] lots of friends and like a lot of the Brits she mixes ‘em up with lots of Euros thrown in...party boys and girls, slackers, yakkers, and of course, the aristos…

G. [G] is always amused that the [man/woman] in [her/his] life is named after a vegetable.
Hint: It's not Claus von Bülow.

Answer Key
A. Sophia (Fantana who loves Grape!)
B. Princess Michael of Kent (NYSD)
C. Nina Griscom (NYSD)
D. Nina Griscom (NYSD)
E. Kiki (Fantana who loves Orange!)
F. Euan Rellie and Lucy Sykes (NYSD)
G. Boykin Curry and Celerie Kemble (NYSD)

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