The heiress to the throne of the ‘Versace’ fashion empire, Allegra Versace Beck, is rightly credited as the ‘Forgotten Child’ of the family. Her aversion to public attention was evident from her teenage years. Since then, she has kept herself away from the press’s luxury and social media attention. In many instances, she was spotted using her father’s surname ‘Beck,’ to evade her peers’ attention. But the media always finds its way to the Versace heiress to know about her life!
A Mysterious Personality
Allegra Versace is virtually unassociated with the drama and fame associated with the celebrity lifestyle. This makes her a person with a mysterious personality. Arguably, her life would have been much happier, organized, and quieter if she were born in an average family without the fame and power. She could at least, get the privacy to walk in public spaces and meet her friends without the scrutiny of media houses.
Her uncle’s will added fuel to her hate for publicity. Versace left her in charge of 50% of Gianni Versace S.p.A after his death. When Allegra was 11, her favorite uncle was murdered outside his house in the United States. The incident left deep wounds on young Allegra’s mind. The scars can still be seen after years in the form of her habits, choices, and behavior!
Born on June 30, 1986, this American socialite is the daughter of Paul Beck and Donatello Versace. Her father was an ex-model based in America, and her mother is a famous Italian Fashion Designer. From a young age, Allegra Versace was close to her uncle Gianni Versace, the founder and ex-owner of the Versace fashion company.
As a child, Allegra attended many fashion shows with her mother and uncle. She attended her first event when she was barely two days old. The rich fabrics and bright lights that carried themselves right by her side did little to excite her. Had she been born in a family that couldn’t afford such a lifestyle, her life would have been different.
Aversion From the Glamour Industry
During her 2007 interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Allegra Versace said that her mother dressed her in silk clothes for elementary school. She felt very embarrassed to leave the school early as her teachers couldn’t ask her to finger paint wearing that dress.
These instances created an aversion in her mind for fashion and the glamour industry. Instead, she chose to learn about history and drama. As reported by the Guardian, Elton John gave her the first piano lessons at a young age, which she claims to have never learned. Allegra referred to her piano tutor John as Uncle.
As a child, she also devoted much of her time reading about art and visiting famous museums with her uncle Versace. She shared her passion for those subjects with him. This created a deep emotional bond between the niece-uncle duo.
Her Bond With Uncle
Gianni was always at odds with Allegra’s mother Donatella. In many instances, Allegra’s devotion to her uncle made her the peacekeeper between the rival siblings. While speaking to Vanity Fair in 1996, Gianni told them that he liked talking to Allegra, who was then 10- years old. He went on to say that the little girl used to tell her the truth about her mother’s habits. Quoting her from an instance, Gianni said, “Don’t worry (about her mother), she’s always a little bit exaggerated.”
While speaking about her brother’s bond with her kids, Donatella told New York Magazine that her children were also her brother’s children. Allegra knew about all the museums in different parts of England, France, and the United States of America, only because of her uncle’s shared love for art. They read art books together, because of which Allegra knew about the works of Picasso.
The Murder That Changed Her Life
In 1997, Allegra Versace and her brother accidentally saw the news of her uncle’s murder while watching cartoons on television. Recollecting that incident, Allegra told the media that she had very little recollection of her life before her uncle’s murder. She went into a dark phase, forgetting everything about his uncle and their relation for a very long time.
These memories started coming back one by one after many years.On her 18th birthday, she decided to study and explore life for some more years before thinking about the responsibility of managing a business of such scale. Today, her net worth is US$800 million at the age of 34 years as the director of Gianni Versace S.p.A.