Jeremy Meeks – also known as the “Hot Felon” and the “Handsome Felon” – knows firsthand the power of social media, after his arrest mugshot went viral and led to a modeling contract less than two weeks after his arrest.
Arrested during a sting operation in Stockton, California, for gang-related activities, the 30-year-old Meeks had his mugshot posted to the Stockton Police Department Facebook page, and the rest, as they say, is history.
More than 26,000 comments have been added to Meeks’ Facebook mugshot, which has been shared over 12,000 times, and has garnered over 100,000 likes.
The vast majority of those comments have been things like “OMG he’s so cute!” and “Wow is he handsome”, but not everyone is quite so enthusiastic.
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Said one female commenter, “This piece of low life scum is responsible for gang related activities and you stupid women want to praise him and adore him for his looks??? What the hell is the matter with you??? I hope he doesnt last in jail because he deserves to rot. Its a sad, sad world when committing crimes doesnt even matter because someone is deemed ‘attractive’ looking. **** Jeremy Meeks”
Another person who isn’t happy about all the attention is Meeks’ wife. In fact, according to an unnamed source, quoted by Sacramento CBS affiliate CBS13, Mrs. Meeks is “furious.”
Said the source, “Her man is in there, and people are taking it as a joke — thinking it’s funny — talking about his looks, saying all kinds of crazy things.”
But Meeks’ wife is no longer the only woman in his life. This week notorious Los Angeles agent Gina Rodriquez, best known for representing the Octomom Nadya Suleman, porn actress Farrah Abraham (previously of Teen Mom fame), and Donald Sterling’s gal pal V. Stiviano, and herself a retired porn actress, announced that she has signed Meeks’ to a modeling contract.
Rodriguez told Fox news “Everybody has a story, and I, of all people, know that. The types of personalities that I work with are usually the people who are under fire by the media. If this was a different situation, like if someone was actually hurt or there was violence involved, I definitely would not be taking him on. But we don’t know Jeremy’s full story yet, and I don’t feel like he got a fair break. I really don’t. If we can help him in any way with his future and help him turn his life around, that’s what I’m about. That’s what I want to do for him.”
“We’ve spoken with four production companies and three different modeling agencies. A lot of TV shows that want to cover it, a lot of news shows. It’s just been crazy, the type of media attention that he’s gotten,” added Rodriguez.
Of course, all of this hinges on Meeks getting out on bail, which is currently set at just over $1million owing to nearly a dozen felony counts against him, including gang membership, parole violations, and firearm possession.
Ok, not quite all hinges on that. According to the GuardianLV, Meeks already has a $30,000 deal through the Blaze Modelz agency, to model for Tom Ford, the swanky line of mens clothing that is sold through upscale stores such as Neiman Marcus and Barney’s. According to the GuardianLV, Tom Ford is supplying the suits that Meeks will be wearing during his court appearances. No word yet on whether they will be using images of Meeks in court, in a Tom Ford suit, as part of their advertising campaign.