She also had a head for business, opening a retirement account at the age of 16 and working in both banking and real estate. Lepore said she was a couple weeks away from opening a gym in Los Angeles and starting a body-care and clothing line.
But it was her looks that often earned her money and attention.
"She was gorgeous and she was working it," her mother said. "She said, 'I have a five-year window to make a bunch of money.' It was kind of a joke in a way. They were handing her tons of money to be herself."
Contrary to Internet reports, Fiore was not a Playboy playmate and never posed nude for the magazine. Instead, she worked for Playboy for a year, organizing their girls for golf events that lead to invites to a number of private parties, including ones hosted by Playboy founder Hugh Hefner.
Lepore said Fiore had recently stopped modeling and was looking forward to starting her business in L.A. when she was killed.
If only Fiore had held the line when it came to Jenkins, Lepore said.
She said their relationship wasn't violent. "They just didn't have the same outlook about money," Lepore said. "From the very start, he seemed more interested in her money. For someone proclaiming to have all these millions, he never acted like a man who had money."
Despite Lepore's insistence that her daughter and son-in-law didn't have a violent relationship, Jenkins was arrested in June on domestic violence charges after allegedly hitting Fiore.
In his hometown of Calgary, Jenkins was sentenced to 15 months' probation in January 2007 on an unspecified assault charge of his then ex-girlfriend. The judge also ordered counseling for anger management, domestic violence and sexual addiction, Alain Hepner, Jenkins' attorney, told The Associated Press. Hepner said there was also a civil restraining order.
Jenkins has been described as an architect, a property developer and an investment banker. He was a contestant on the VH1 reality show "Megan Wants a Millionaire," featuring men with a net worth of at least $1 million who vie to win a woman seeking to become a "trophy wife."
The show completed production at the end of March.
"Given the unfortunate circumstances, VH1 has postponed any future airings," the network said in a statement. "This is a tragic situation and our thoughts go out to the victim's family."
Jenkins, who Lepore said had aspirations to be a movie star or producer, had recently completed taping a second VH1 show, "I Love Money 3." It has been reported that he won the $250,000 prize. VH1 would not confirm whether Jenkins won, but said the show will no longer be airing.
Friends told ABCNews.com that while Fiore was envious of Jenkins' reality TV fame, she used it as an opportunity to get the goods she coveted.
"She always wanted to be the famous one, so there was probably some jealously there," the source said. "She wanted to be a model or get onto any TV show. The fact that she was with a guy on VH-1 was so hot for her. She was very opportunistic. On the show, Ryan won reality 'challenge' that earned him $1 million. He said he had already been paid the money and was able to shower his beautiful wife with gorgeous things. She was driving a white BMW and wore head-to-toe Chanel, from bracelets and clothing to a very expensive handbag. She often couldn't afford more than a few hundred dollars for rent, but she always wore the nicest things."