The 'hot felon' who went from prison to fashion week
by The Independent
33-year-old Californian Jeremy Meeks hit the headlines in 2014 when his photo was posted on Facebook by the Stockton Police Department.
With his model-like features, the mugshot garnered worldwide attention, quickly went viral and led to Meeks being dubbed the ‘hot felon.’
He was soon snapped up by a modelling agency and on Saturday was walking the runway in designer Philipp Plein’s Men’s Fashion Week show in Milan.
Stockton Police Department
SPD NEWS - WESTON RANCH OPERATION CEASEFIRE ENFORCEMENT MISSION Due to a recent increase of shootings and robberies in the Weston Ranch area, the Stockton Police Department just completed a multi-agency Operation Ceasefire enforcement mission. Through an Operation Ceasefire analysis of the recent shootings, we identified a new active group in the Weston Ranch Area. In response during these challenging times, this type of collaborative response through the use of allied resources is an invaluable tool to reducing crime in the City of Stockton. The Stockton Police Department would like to thank the following participating agencies: Members of the Stockton PD Gang Violence Suppression Unit, Community Response Team, County Wide Gang Task Force, San Joaquin County Sheriff’s SWAT, Lodi Police Department’s SWAT, Manteca Police Department, Lodi Police Department, County Wide METRO Narcotics Unit, Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Marshal’s Task Force, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; and the AB109 Task Force. The enforcement groups served search warrants at the following locations: 1300 block of Kimiyo St. 2400 block of Laguna Ct. 1200 block of Lloyd Thayer Cir. 4100 block of Degas Ct. 1900 block of Flatboat St. 16800 block of Shady Mill Wy, Lathrop 4100 block of Seurat Ct. 4900 block of Tiller Ct. 1700 block Bartlett Ct. 1809 Dominion St. 4100 Kassady Ct. The enforcement groups served search warrants at the following locations: Felony Arrest: 4 Firearms Confiscated: 4 Traffic Stops: 1 Ceasefire Custom Notification Admonishments: 5 Arrests from the today’s mission: • Jeremy Meeks, a 30 year old man, convicted felon, arrested for felony weapon charges. • Terry Bailey, a 22 year old man, convicted felon, arrested for felony weapon charges. • Juzri Coleman, an 18 year old man, arrested for felony weapon charges. • Joelin Coleman, a 44 year old man, arrested for felony weapon charges.
Meeks was charged with gun possession and resisting arrest and released from Mendota Federal Correctional Institution in March 2016.
He had previously served a nine-year sentence for grand theft from 2002.
But Meeks claims he has now found God and his past convictions do not appear to be standing in his way too much.
Fashion week in Milan ! @philippplein78
Meeks’ agent says he is “inundated” with offers of work, The Sun reports.
He walked in New York Fashion Week in February and this weekend took to the runway in Milan.
Meeks walked in Philipp Plein’s show, both topless and in a black T-shirt.
Jeremy Meeks in Milan (Getty Images)
It was for Plein that he’d walked in New York too, watched by Kylie Jenner, Madonna and Paris Hilton amongst other celebrities.
With 1.1 million followers on Instagram, a luxury mansion and sports car, the former felon seems to have turned his life around.
And it’s all thanks to social media that Meeks found fame.
However he has encountered some problems: in April this year, Meeks was declined entry to the UK and sent back to the States just eight hours after landing at Heathrow.
He’d been due to take part in photoshoots and attend a magazine launch party.
According to his agent, Meeks was “really upset” about being sent back home.