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Man’s ‘Sexy’ Mugshot Earns Him $30,000 Modeling Contract

By Hanssie on July 2nd 2014

America. The land of opportunity, the land of the free…well, not quite free in the case of convicted felon Jeremy Meeks. But definitely the land of opportunity. If you haven’t heard about Jeremy Meeks, you apparently have had limited computer access, because Meeks’ ‘sexy’ mugshot nearly broke the Internet a few weeks ago.


If you’re into that type, and apparently, many, many, many, many women are, Meeks’ headshot took the Internet by storm when it was posted on Stockton Police Department’s Facebook page following Meeks’ arrest along with three other men. At the time of writing, the photo had over 100,000 likes, almost 13,000 shares and 26,000+ comments (from mostly women) talking about how beautiful he is and how he should’ve been a model. Almost immediately after the photo hit the Internet, memes began popping up, with Meeks’ head, sans tattoos, Photoshopped into Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, Dolce and Gabbana ads.


Now, Meeks, who is currently being held on a $1.1 million dollar bail for charges related to possession of firearms, violating parole and possible gang activity, has just hired agent, Gina Rodriguez to represent him for modeling contracts and a possible reality show. According to TMZ, he has reportedly signed a $30,000 modeling contract with Blaze models in LA.

Who says crime doesn’t pay?? With some nice cheekbones, pretty eyes and some good lighting, it most certainly does.

[via Business Insider/Photo via Stockton PD]


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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Jesper Ek

    I hope the cop gets some finding fee reimbursement. Or at least some royalties on his photo – hahaha

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  2. Jared McComb

    Seriously. How many mug shots use clamshell lighting? Um… let me answer for you. ZERO! This has to be fake?

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    i hope he turns his life around with this new opportunity

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  4. Ram Iyer

    ha ha funny!!!

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  5. Greg Faulkner

    It’s the way he’s tilting his head Hanssie, makes him look less aggressive lol This is way better than Hugh Grants mugshot and he was already famous haha

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  6. Kevin Young

    Mark Wahlberg: The original Jeremy meeks.
    Wahlberg was charged with attempted murder, plead guilty to assault, and sentenced to 2 years in prison (he did 45 days). This was one of many many run-ins with the law. His life changed after stardom. I’m a fan of his acting.

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  7. Cody Edger

    Haha this is so crazy.. I mean, in a way, maybe this will get this guy to turn his life around?

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    • Hanssie

      That’s looking at the bright side of things! I certainly hope he takes this opportunity to help him and his family, (he has a little son) and change for the better.

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