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Meet the Model: Mateus Lages

BY Daria Radlinski | Thu. September 20, 2012 | A la Mode
Meet Mateus, the face of our Fall/Winter 2012 men's collection. If you happen to run into him around NY, call him Jailbate. See why below!

Your neighborhood (in NY): Unfortunately Union Square, but not for long!

Hometown: Monte Verde, MG, Brazil––where I spent my early childhood

Occupation: I'm a model. It pays the bills for now, but I like to think that I'm in the process of becoming some great artist or something. It gets me through the day, hahaha.

Astrological sign: Cancer

What is something about you that no one would expect? I'm a mean cook.

What was the easiest or hardest thing about modeling for Opening Ceremony? The team is super cool. I really like Daria and Brayden, but damn it's a lot of clothes.

Essential photo shoot song? We were listening to some A$AP and Mike Jones. Wiz Khalifa's "On My Level (DeathStar Remix)" would have been ill. Check that shit out.

Most prized possession? This is hard. It's between my Leica and my skateboard.

Best gift you’ve ever given? Miss Dior Cherie––I like my girls smelling like a fruit bowl in a field of assorted flowers.

Best gift you’ve ever received? My parents would send me away for the summer instead of buying me shit. One of the times I worked as a PA for a strip club manager, and the girls nicknamed me Jailbait. Thanks, mom.

What is something that everyone should try at least once? Hallucinogens

What's the most played song on your iPod?
HEALTH's "Before Tigers" remix by CFCF

What was your first screen name?
It was like some AIM shit, it had 69 in it. I remember that I was trying to be hardcore or something.

Favorite place to go to escape the city: Central Park around the 100's on the West Side in the city. I'll go to the Bahamas to see my fams when I need to get out of here.

If you were on a deserted island––5 necessities: A reverse osmosis machine, seeds, paper, and pens. One of those Fleshlights––this would be the only acceptable time to own one of those things.

What would you choose as your last meal on earth?
Brazilian churrasco with the all-you-can-eat buffet and lots of cachaça.

What's your spirit animal? I thought it was a tiger, but I just wanted it to be a tiger. One day I'll find out the truth.

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