Jeremy Meeks, the man pictured in the hot mugshot that went viral in June, has reportedly locked in a modelling contract.
TMZ is reporting Meeks has signed a $US30,000 deal with LA-based Blaze Modelz.
He has also signed with talent agent Gina Rodriguez, who represents Nadya Suleman, also known as octo-mum, after she gave birth to eight children in January 2009.
Ms Rodriguez has told American news sites she’s looking at reality TV show options for when Meeks is released for jail.
Meeks’ appearance may also become a key factor in his trial. American celebrity gossip site Perez Hilton has reported Meeks’s lawyer, Tai Bogan, asked that he be allowed to wear civilian clothes in court rather than a prison jumpsuit.
“We are talking to designers to provide clothing for him during this case. We want him to look as good as possible in the court. We are worried that current pictures of him in prison garb will mean he will not get a fair trial,” Mr Bogan said, adding he wants to take Meeks’ measurements so he can be sure clothes fit his physique.
The modelling contract may come as a welcome relief to his wife and young son. Meeks’ mother, Katherine Angiers, has been trying to raise money to help meet the bail costs.
“Please help. My son was taken into custody on his way to work,” she wrote. “He is a working man with a son. He is being stereotyped due to old tattoos … please help him to get a fair trial or else he’ll be railroaded.”
She has raised just over $US5000 of her $US25,000 target.
But Meeks will need another $US870,000 if he wants to get out and start posing for photos, as his bail is set at $900,000.
Meeks is awaiting trial on weapons charges. He has previously been convicted for grand theft and spent two years in prison.