Jeremy Meeks is the convict-turned-model who stole our hearts when police released his rather dashing mugshot and sent the internet into a frenzy.
He’s just addressed the conversation surrounding his appearance in his first high-fashion photoshoot and interview with British magazine Man About Town.
The magazine has released the photos and interview just one day after the model was reportedly denied entry to the UK on his way to the launch of the cover shoot, shot by photographer StevenKlein.
Meeks found internet fame back in 2014, when he was serving a 27 month prison sentence for possession of an illegal firearm. His police mugshot gained over 100,000 likes on Facebook, with some saying the only crime he was guilty of was “stealing your heart.” Meeks who’s also been referred to as “prison bae” has since landed a modelling contract with White Cross Management and recently made his NYFW debut.
Meeks shared a preview of the cover shoot on his Instagram two weeks ago, stating it was “THE WORLD EXCLUSIVE. THE FIRST EDITORIAL. THE FIRST COVER. THE FIRST INTERVIEW.”
In the interview, Meeks told Laura Albert that being “handsome” has never solved his problems in life.
“I heard all my life, youre so handsome, you have the most beautiful eyes, and I heard it a hundred times a day. To whereI would not even pay no mind to it,” said Meeks.
“It didnt fix it then. I still had a father in prison doing life. I still had a heroin-addict mother and me and my brother and sisters struggling through lifes tribulations,” he continued.
He said his “exotic” looks weren’t the “golden ticket” for him. “I didnt think of it as oh, Im pretty so thats a tool. I knew that I was a tool to release my anger, and I fought a lot as a kid,” he said.
Albert says that “being a pretty face” didn’t give Meeks “rescue as a child” and “it will not be enough now either.”
“Just as the streets taught him to survive, the new skills of Hollywood will teach him another way to fight,” writes Albert.
Maybe good looks aren’t everything, then.