Do you remember the handsome felon? Jeremy Meeks became quite an internet sensation when his photo mugshot went viral and everyone lost their minds over how someone this man was. He has since managed to appear on several catwalks, became a professional model, and even acted in a few movies. Now that’s quite a 360 from his time in prison, isn’t it?
In 2014 Jeremy was a Crips gang member and was arrested by the California police. He was found guilty on federal charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and grand theft. The police posted his mugshot on their Facebook page and that’s where his success started. His photo immediately started getting a lot of likes and people were calling him the most handsome convict they’d ever seen.
Meeks ended up serving 2 years in prison, and during that time he even managed to get signed on by a talent agency White Cross Management in 2015, a full year before his release. Jeremy was released in March 2016 and his career as a fashion model officially began. His first official modeling job was for the Golden State Warriors. He became the image of the official products of the famous NBA team.
In February 2017, he walked the runway for the first time. The ex-con was one of the stars of New York Fashion Week, walking for Philipp Plein. He was later meant to have a few photoshoots in the UK but was denied entry to Great Britain in Heathrow.
His European debut took place at Philipp Plein’s presentation at the Cannes Film Festival and he walked the catwalk at Plein’s spring/summer 2018 sport collection during Milan Fashion Week. His photos also appeared in numerous magazines like L’ Officiel Hommes, FV, and MMScene.
Jeremy also walked the catwalk for Tommy Hilfiger alongside Gigi Hadid at the Milan Fashion Week.
Fashion Concept GmbH, a German-based fashion company, announced a $15 million partnership with Meeks and launched a fashion line in his name in 2020. Meeks is also the ambassador of fragrance duo “Gisada Ambassador.”