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Nicola Formichetti Paid Up to $20,000 for His Muse Rico Genest to Get to Paris In Time For the Mugler Show

>> Nicola Formichetti unearthed Rick Genest — also known as Zombie Boy — on Facebook, and he's walked in both Mugler runway shows (Fall 2011 men's and women's) that Formichetti has done so far, acting in tandem with Lady Gaga as something of a house muse and face of the brand. But it wasn't as simple as contacting Genest through Facebook and flying him into Paris in time for the shows, Formichetti says: "[Genest] emailed me back straightaway and he was like, 'Yeah, sure, I would love to [come to Paris], but I don’t have a passport.'" Later, Formichetti comes to find out "why he couldn’t get a passport: because he was homeless. He had a lot of fines or something because he was always sleeping on the street. ... He just kept telling me, 'I'm not a criminal, I'm not a criminal.' It took him so long to tell us. Oh my God, he was so emotional. He was crying and saying how this was going to change his life. It was a beautiful moment." Formichetti ended up paying the fines — "It was a lot . . . like ten or twenty [thousand dollars]" — himself. [Hint]

 

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