Update: Looks like Meeks is still going strong on the runway. He showed up on the catwalk for Philipp Plein for the second season in a row this week. This time around, he was doing his thing in Milan instead of New York, and wearing clothes (well, at least pants) from the Plein Sport collection:
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He even walked arm in arm with Philipp Plein for the finale:
Seems he’s really leaning into the modeling thing. And, like we’ve said before, we’re happy to see it. Well done, Jeremy. See you next season.
Original, 2/14/17: There are many roads to becoming a runway model, although most of them don’t involve going to federal prison. But where there’s a will, there’s a way. You might remember Jeremy Meeks from back in 2014, when his Stockton police mugshot went viral. He’d been arrested on a gun possession charge, and the combination of blue eyes, razor-sharp cheekbones, and flattering lighting made him an immediate internet sensation.
Flash forward two years and it looks like Meeks is doing well for himself, walking in Philipp Plein’s New York Fashion Week show and hanging out with a pretty impressive crowd. According to Meeks’ manager Jim Jordan, he had received quite a few modeling offers upon his release, so it looks like he’s found himself a legitimate new career.
For any aspiring models out there, it’d probably (read: definitely) be best to avoid the mugshot route to a full-time gig. But good luck to Meeks. It’s nice to see a former convict find a happy ending.