Jeremy Meeks, the felon with the viral Facebook mugshot, just landed a modeling gig. The inmate became a media sensation when his picture was posted to the Stockton, California, Police Department's page.
Hundreds of thousands began to comment and share the picture, with many swooning over the accused’s light blue eyes. Even though he’s locked up, the 30-year-old landed a $30,000 modeling contract from Blaze Modelz in Santa Monica, TMZ reported on Wednesday.
But that’s not all. The Facebook stunner will be represented by Gina Rodriguez, the same agent who represents “famous” people like “Teen Mom” Maci Bookout, “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kim Zolciak and V. Stiviano, who was in the center of the Donald Sterling scandal.
“Everybody has a story, and I, of all people, know that,” Rodriguez told FOX411.“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.”
Rodriguez thinks Meeks’ sudden fame can help turn around his life. After his sudden Internet stardom, the “handsome felon” proclaimed he was a follower of God.
“I think that people love to hear these kinds of stories,” Rodriguez explained. “This is somebody who probably never thought that he could do modeling, or that it could be a career for him. There’s probably others out there who feel that they don’t have a life after being involved with gangs. I think that it could change a lot of people’s opinions if Jeremy comes out and he’s a stand-up guy. In the end, it doesn’t matter how it came about. Does he not deserve to have this? I don’t think so.”
With his inflated Internet fame also came an increase in bail, which now sits at $1 million.
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