Jeremy Meeks, a ruggedly handsome former gangbanger, made the internet swoon with his mugshot after he was arrested for weapons possession last month. Everyone immediately made the same joke: "He should be a model. Not a criminal."
Ha ha. Look what you did: TMZ reports that Meeks has been signed by L.A.-based Blaze Models. The deal was apparently negotiated by his new agent, Gina Rodriguez, a former porn star who represents a D-list circus of oddities including Farrah Abraham, Octomom, Tan Mom and V. Stiviano.
Blaze previously told TMZ that because the gangster look is so hot right now, Meeks could rake in $15,000-30,000 a month as a model.
That's if he gets out of jail any time soon. Meeks' bail is currently set at $1.1 million.
"I'm not exactly sure why it's so much money. That's what we're trying to figure now," Rodriguez told Fox 411. "We're trying to secure him some of these deals so that when he gets out, it can change his life, literally."
Rodriguez is also looking at reality show options for Meeks.
Meanwhile, Meeks' attorney has requested that he be measured for well-fitting civilian clothes to wear during his court appearances, as befits his client's new status as a modeling-industry professional.
[H/T Business Insider, Photo: Stockton PD]