In life, Porfirio Rubirosa played polo, piloted B-25 bombers, raced Ferraris at Le Mans, and hunted for sunken treasure in the Caribbean. ‘He was the ultimate man’s man’ says banker Gerard Bonnet, a polo-playing friend from Paris. ‘Everyone wanted his style of macho. He believed in the bond of male friendship. All the men I know loved Rubi. The ones who didn’t were jealous of him.’
But it was Rubi’s success with the fair sex that made him a legend. He was widely seen to be in the same class as Don Juan and Casanova. His conquests included Eva Perón, Ava Gardner, Jayne Mansfield, Veronica Lake, and Dolores Del Rio; the full tally, though, will never be known…
One friend confirms that Rubi, who married the two richest women in the world, one after the other—Doris Duke and Barbara Hutton—slept with ‘thousands of women’ while living in Paris in the 1950s and 60s. Columnist Taki Theodoracopulos recalls that when Rubi got drunk he would take out his guitar and sing, I’m just a gigolo.
Our new YVRA 1965 L’essence de Flamboyance will honour the most famous playboy of the 20th century. A scent that has the gift to seduce both sexes. Lots of ingredients refer to Rubirosa’s life. Hints of leather refer to his love for playing polo and pink pepper honour his nickname.
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