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Whose Muse is This Dude?


This dude in a baseball hat is either super drunk or is trying to cast some curse on the photographer. Possibly both. But who the hell is he? Look at the poster above his arm for a clue… could his curse be backfiring on him?

Whose Muse is This Dude?

He is none other than Rick Genest, aka Rico, aka Zombie Boy, aka the muse of Mugler’s and Gaga’s Nicola Formichetti.

Whose Muse is This Dude?

As Formichetti told Hint, “I had his picture on my wall forever. I saw it one day on Google. I thought it was amazing Halloween make-up done by Peter Philips or something.”

We all know by now that that shit is permanent. Well, Formichetti went on to find Zombie Boy’s true identity and to find him on Facebook, and whisked him away to Paris (having paid his near 20 thousand dollar fines for sleeping in the street, and also having gotten him a passport in record time), to have him model in his debut men’s show.

Now that you’ve seen the before and after, which way do you prefer Rick Genest?

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Written by Jessica Lapidos

I impart my daily love of light layering, thick-as-thieves platforms and undiscovered fashionable gems. I love to turn a phrase, and in truth I'm a designer at werq.