Cover Dude: Gaga's 'Zombie Boy' In 'Fashion Magazine Poland'

Rico Genest and Jac Jagaciak in 'Fashion Magazine Poland.'
Photo: Courtesy of 'Fashion Magazine Poland'

The thing is, and not to get all Freudian/Ophelia on all y'all, but girls just love a guy they can't bring home to Mom and Dad. Sure, we might not marry them, but who needs marriage when you have soulful eyes made even more with a deep black outline, a body made from the wings of angels, and head-to-toe ink that includes worms and biohazard symbols? What this extreme body modification says to us—whether we realize it or not—is that Rico the Zombie will go through hell for you. He will submit himself to hours and hours of pain because to him, it ain't no thang.

Full disclosure and maybe TMI, but this writer kind of has a thing for dudes and tats (though, like any sort of over-the-top ornamentation, they tend to cover up some sort of lack, but: digression), and when Rico and Lady Gaga were a pseudo-couple in her "Born This Way" video, hearts raced, bubble-gum snapped and I wished it was me whom Rico the Zombie Boy was leering at suggestively. So it is no surprise that he is now an official model who gets to pose alongside Jak Jagaciak, one of the most-sought-after models still walking the catwalks.

This isn't Rico's first foray into the world of high fashion. Before he was with Gaga he was the star of the Mugler Men's Fall 2011 show alongside Mugler's creative director (and Gaga stylist), Nicola Formichetti. But here is Rico with no Gaga and no Nicola, stepping out from behind their direction. And quite frankly, it looks great. Dig Jac's extreme brows and color blocks next to the blackened visage of Rico. Or the moment of tenderness where she takes his head into her hands and and appears to be "saving him" (because all bad boys need to be saved, hence their irresistibility). The shoot is expertly depicted by Polish photogs Zuza Krajewska & Bartek Wieczorek, and though the feature primarily focuses on Jac, casting the hardened Rico next to her '80s excessiveness is kind of an inspired choice.

If, like me, you can't get enough of this mysterious, hopefully wounded-but-still-gentle alt model, the spring is looking up for Rico/Rick Genest/Zombie Boy: Not only is he on the cover of Fashion Magazine Poland (a delightfully descriptive name, indeed), but he'll be in Vogue Hommes Japan, i-D, and GQ, coming up... though, all with Formichetti. He might not be everyone's cuppa tea, but you've gotta admit, the I-Survived-The-Apocalypse-To-Be-Here-With-You schtick is pretty damn effective.

Rico Genest and Jac Jagaciak in 'Fashion Magazine Poland.'
Photo: Courtesy of 'Fashion Magazine Poland'