The majority of people aspire to never find themselves in jail, but for those who do end up behind bars, posing for a mugshot is an inevitable part of the process.
These pictures typically send a shiver down people’s spines, and the most famous mugshots are of some of history’s most notorious wrongdoers like Charles Manson. It’s hard not to be intimidated by a man with a swastika tattooed on his forehead!
However, our attitudes towards mugshots changed radically when Jeremy “The Hot Felon” Meeks’ mugshot went viral in 2014. It was posted to Facebook by a police department in California and quickly garnered 75,000 likes, 20,000 comments, and 10,000 shares.
The 33-year-old, who has also been dubbed “The Blue-Eyed Bandit” and “Jail Bae”, had been charged with gun possession and resisting arrest on June 18, 2014. He was subsequently sentenced to 27 months behind bars before being released in 2016.
While in prison, the father-of-three became famous around the world for his dashing mugshot, and, despite being incarcerated, signed a modeling contract with White Cross Management. He also landed a top Hollywood agent, Gina Rodriguez.
Meeks went on to make his runway debut at New York Fashion Week in February 2017. He was later described by Vogue magazine as being a “buff bad boy”. Since then, his modeling career has only gone from strength to strength and he even appeared at Milan Fashion Week.
What’s more is that he’s now got a serious girlfriend, Topshop heiress 26-year-old Chloe Green.