Handsome felon whose mugshot went viral lands $30,000 modelling contract

Jeremy Meeks, who is facing 11 criminal charges including illegal gun possession and gun crime, was offered the contract by Blaze Modelz in Los Angeles, according to TMZ. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Jeremy Meeks, who is facing 11 criminal charges including illegal gun possession and gun crime, was offered the contract by Blaze Modelz in Los Angeles, according to TMZ. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

The felon who shot to worldwide fame after his chiselled, blue-eyed mugshot went viral has reportedly signed a US$30,000 (S$37,423) modelling contract, media reports said.

Jeremy Meeks, who is facing 11 criminal charges including illegal gun possession and gun crime, was offered the contract by Blaze Modelz in Los Angeles, according to TMZ.

The agency, based in Santa Monica, claims it can book him for high-end fashion houses - such as Prada and Gucci - which could see him earn thousands of dollars a month.

The 30-year-old is reportedly being represented by Hollywood talent agent, Gina Rodriguez, a former porn star.

But despite signing the contract, it is unlikely that he will be taking to the catwalk anytime soon. Meeks is currently being held on US$1 million bail while facing a potentially lengthy prison sentence if convicted.

Meeks, who is married with a son, became an Internet sensation last month after his striking mugshot was posted on the Stockton Police Department's Facebook page.

The image, which features the felon gazing into the camera with steely-blue eyes, full lips and stubble, has so far been 'liked' by more than 100,000 people and shared over 12,000 times.

Since his picture emerged, he has been nicknamed "Dreamy McMug" with countless women asking to marry him.

Meeks, from Stockton, California, previously served time for grand theft and has had numerous other brushes with the law.

He is due to appear before court again on July 8.