Meet the man who has been on more romance novel covers than Fabio


SANTA CRUZ, CA (WCMH) — Jason Baca is the only man who can say he has been on more romance novel covers than Fabio himself.

As of today, he is beating Fabio’s record by 10, and he’s nowhere near done.

Recently, he was taking on the role of a cowboy, just one of the hundreds he has portrayed.

“One minute I’ll be a highlander and then the next minute I’ll jump into this military outfit,then for another shoot I”ll be this contemporary guy,” Baca told KSBW.

He is selling fantasies, and he knows it.

“She looks at the first thing she looks at is this guy,” Baca said. “Do I want to read about him, do I want to fantasize about him?”

Baca says the secret to looking camera ready is doing some pushups right before he takes the pictures. You don’t get his body with pushups alone, though. He says he follows a strict diet.

“Egg whites, tuna out of the can, cottage cheese, I can enjoy a protein bar while you’re having cake, no problem,” Baca said.

Now that the record is broken, Baca says he has his eye set on making it to 500 covers. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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