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You may recognize Rick Genest, also known as Zombie Boy, from Lady Gaga‘s “Born This Way” video or those incredible Dermablend ads. He’s Nicola Formichetti‘s muse, and has covered several magazines. This guy has ink from his head (or, rather, exposed brain) to his toes, and the fashion industry industry is completely enamored with him.
Before he became Zombie Boy, Rick Genest was just a white Canadian guy with no tattoos. And for those of us who weren’t around to see his skin unadorned, photographer Matthew Lyn gave us a glimpse at what he might have looked like for Schön magazine.
We knew Nicola Formichetti found Rick Genest (also known as Zombie Boy or Rico) on Facebook, but the rest of his origin story was pretty mysterious until now. In an illuminating interview with Hint Magazine, Formichetti opens up about finding his muse.
It’s not surprising that Rick Genest (also known as Zombie Boy) is the star of the fall 2011 Mugler men’s campaign, but we still love the resulting images. Just don’t be alarmed if they look familiar.
We’d be lying if we said we were only a little obsessed with Nicola Formichetti‘s male muse, Zombie Boy. The fully tattooed model, who walked in Mugler‘s men’s and women’s shows in Paris this season, also appeared in a special Mugler spread for Vogue Hommes Japan, the magazine where Formichetti works as fashion director. Formichetti, of course, styled the shoot, which was shot by photographer Mariano Vivanco.
Though he may be best known as the man behind Lady Gaga‘s show-stopping style, Nicola Formichetti will make his debut as Thierry Mugler’s creative director on January 19 at the Paris men’s shows. And like most designers, he’s found himself a muse. Meet Rick Genest, a twenty-something model known more for his skeletal body art than his portfolio. He also goes by the name Zombie Boy.