From Mugshots To Modeling? Photogenic Felon Jeremy Meeks Lands Hollywood Talent Agent

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June 29, 2014 ‐ By Kimberly Gedeon

weeks mugshotFrom the slammer to showbiz!

Jeremy Meeks stole hearts all over social media with his come-hither blue eyes and tattooed olive skin– and he’s about to capitalize off all the attention. Representing the handcuffed hunk, Gina Rodriguez — the woman behind V. Stiviano, Farrah Abraham, and “Octomom” — will be Meeks’ new Hollywood talent agent after he’s released from jail.

Orange is the new black, I suppose, as a new wave of social media memes with Meeks framed as a Tom Ford model have surfaced. Taking advantage of the momentum, Meeks has turned America’s Photoshop fantasies into a reality — thanks to Rodriguez, a porn actress-turned-agent.

“Everybody has a story, and I, of all people, know that,” Rodriguez told Fox News. “…[W]e 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.”

Before Rodriguez, Meeks reportedly hit a few brick walls — a number of agents were too reluctant to take on the photogenic felon.

“I don’t know what they’re looking for. It’s so bizzare. I didn’t even take the call,”  said New York-based celebrity rep, who was contacted by the jailbird’s “associates,” according to the  NY Daily News.

“We want nothing to do with this story,” an LA rep said about the convict cutie who was first discovered when the Stockholm Police Department posted his photo on Facebook — 40,000 likes followed.

Daily News insiders claim that more than a dozen agents have been contacted to represent Meeks, but it was Rodriguez — founder of GR Media firm — who nabbed the opportunity to stand behind the jailbird hottie. Meeks is currently being held on $1.1 million bail in the San Joaquin County Jail for 11 felony counts, including firearm possessions, gang membership, and parole violations.

“I’m not exactly sure why it’s so much money,” Rodriguez said of the high bail. ” I don’t know if [law enforcement] is upset with him, because he got so much attention [for his mug shot], but it wasn’t his fault. They posted his picture and the media ran with it because of the way he looks.”

Meeks’ mom has turned to GoFundMe, a crowdfunding site, to help finance her son’s legal defense. So far, donors have pitched in $5,000.

As for Meeks’ impending showbiz career, Rodriguez has already spoken to four production companies and three modeling agencies — and they’re interested.

“We’ve had tons of people trying to get interviews with Jeremy, which I think right now is a little bit overwhelming for the family. Their main concern is really trying to get him out,” Rodriguez said.

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  • Annalytical

    Why does this site scrutinize the most benign posts while allowing some of the most vile commentary. I just don’t get it.
    So trying this again…
    Well, I guess we’ll be seeing him in p0rn soon if his agent helps him like she helps her other clients Farrah Abraham and the “Octomom”. They have both expanded their talent to include p0rn. If he really wanted to model, he could have selected a less seedy (pun intended) agent.

  • Guest

    With all those charges, he might be in a prison for a very long time. If he doesn’t get out, then this was all for nothing. Optimism my behind. Why keep doing all of this over a man who may not even get out of prison? Dudes crimes are lengthy.

  • Ms_Sunshine9898

    He’s with V. Stivano! Are you really going to call that talent?

  • Lisa Lewis

    His bail was that high before the publicity. He is not a victim.

  • Mynx

    If it can make him do better in life and give the ladies something to drool over… thumbs up.

  • coolyfett

    Its always good to see a brotha get a job. Hope it all works out.

  • SNAPA

    I just want to know the name of the mugshot photographer…that person is the one who should get all the credit…because Jeremy looks a thousand times different than his mugshot. Just think it was just a regular police camera and Voila! Magic! ***in my Wale voice***

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  • Trisha_B

    I’m happy for him honestly. His charges seem a lil excessive. Like they are trying anything to get him kept in prison. How his bail go from $900k to $1.1 mill? If he was only found w/ a gun, where all them other charges come from? This is a case of your past following you around. He probably really was trying to turn his life around, but due to his record, they are just pinning things on him…I hope he gets the opportunity to turn his life around & give his family a better life.

    • Slingbunni

      He has a record. This wasnt his first criminal act. Im not sure, but I do believe tht does play a part

      • Trisha_B

        I know he has a record. That’s why I’m saying they seem to be pinning any charges on him now b/c of his past. They do that all the time. “Oh you did that in the past, well you probably did it now..” kind of thing

        • Lisa Lewis

          Check the San Joaquin County Jail website if you are interested in his charges. Look up the Penal Codes and you will see that they all apply. He is not a victim.

  • http://southernswaggg.com Southern Snitch

    All these professional athletes, congressman, actors, teachers, and CEO’s with shady pasts are given another chance so why can’t Meeks? Maybe this was the way it was meant for him to get another start. I’m sure if he would have walked in an agency off of the street, they wouldn’t have given him a second look. I’m just glad he wants to turn his life around and go legit. You never know what’s in store for him and his family.

    • Herm Cain

      Why so optimistic I doubt you would think he’s redeemable if he was a regular looking black brother y’all would say he’s a predicate felon keep him locked up

      • http://southernswaggg.com Southern Snitch

        Naw, I never mentioned looks. But because of his looks, he’s getting attention. I’m down with any Black man getting a second chance, no matter how they go about it.

  • SANDRA

    Lord, Jesus ! Looks are everything !! You can get a pass for anything if you’re beautiful.

    • http://southernswaggg.com Southern Snitch

      Wh!te people been doing it all of their lives……

      • SANDRA

        Absolutely, you can also get away with a lot of things if you’re white!

  • Shawndrea Rachelle

    We reward the most undeserving. I’m not surprised

    • Guest

      You are right, but honestly, I would rather see him have an opportunity to turn his life around than have him climbing in my window in the middle of the night to rob me!!!

      • Shawndrea Rachelle

        True lol!

        • JustAGuest

          Hmmm, I can totally see “former convict turned rich model given second chance goes bankrupt” Money means nothing if you have no understanding of it or discipline. Hopefully someone in his “publicity manager” will get him equipped with the right financial management tools

    • I mean really!!! & ppl will complain about how certain celebrities have made a come up/ their shady pasts, and then turn around and support this man…smh

    • SherriCloseoue

      just
      before I saw the draft which had said $9836 , I didnt believe that my mother
      in law truly bringing home money in their spare time online. . there friends
      cousin has done this 4 less than twentey months and at present paid the dept
      on there appartment and purchased themselves a Alfa Romeo . check my
      source

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