SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — From crime to Cannes.

A Stockton ex-con whose smolderingly handsome mugshot went viral in 2014, is strutting the runway in the south of France, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Nicki Minaj and Paris Hilton.

Mugshot of Jeremy Meeks, the suspect and convicted felon responsible for the latest Internet sensation #FelonCrushFriday (Stockton Police)

Mugshot of Jeremy Meeks, the suspect and convicted felon responsible for the latest Internet sensation #FelonCrushFriday (Stockton Police)


Jeremy Meeks, who was once dubbed the ‘hot felon’ modeled for German designer Philipp Plein at the Cannes Film Festival.

The 33-year-old was arrested for possession of a firearm and released from prison in 2016. Since then he has embarked on a modeling career.

Plein gave Meeks his first big break during New York Fashion Week earlier this year.

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“The whole experience has been amazing,” Meeks said in an interview with fashionista.com. “I can’t say one thing. This whole thing is just crazy.”

After the show in Cannes, Meeks acknowledged his mentor in an Instagram post, “Thank you Philipp Plein for an amazing show and Cannes experience!!!”

Meeks says he’ll continue to model.

He has a wife and a son.

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