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5 LOL Model Scouting Stories In Honor of Released Hot Convict

Last July, a mugshot of convict Jeremy Meeks went viral after it was posted to the Stockton Police Department’s Twitter account and revealed itself to be very hot. Indeed, his mugshot was so good that it basically turned into a headshot, scoring him a modeling contract while still in prison.

This past Tuesday, the world rejoiced as Meeks was finally released from prison. And so, in the spirit of the recently liberated Meeks and his captivating story, we dug around and found some other unconventional and highly entertaining how-I-got-discovered stories.

In this Wednesday, June 18, 2014, booking photo released by the Stockton Police Department is Jeremy Meeks. Meeks, 30, was one of four men arrested Wednesday in raids in Stockton, Calif.. On Thursday, his mugshot had more than 20,000 likes, nearly 6,000 comments, and had been shared more than 1,400 times on Facebook. (AP Photo/Stockton Police Department)
The original mug shot that made us fall in love.

Gisele Bündchen

It’s weird to think that part-time model, full-time goddess Gisele was considered the “awkward girl” as a teen. Apparently, people even called her Olive Oyl, in reference to Popeye’s gangly wife. And yet it was her “awkward,” skinny figure that got her scouted at a mall while casually eating a Big Mac. The fact that the highest paid super model got discovered while eating McDonald’s gives us all hope.

If I had her metabolism I'd eat pizza on the job too
If I had her metabolism I’d eat pizza on the job too.

Shalom Harlow

To get “discovered” while seeing The Cure live is what dreams are truly made of—and is also, funnily enough, exactly what happened to Shalom Harlow. She started modeling the next summer and went on to become one of the biggest names in fashion modeling history. Could we be any more jealous?

Channeling her inner Robert Smith at John Galliano
Channeling her inner Robert Smith at a John Galliano show back in the day.

Coco Rocha

At 14, Coco was knee-deep in competitive Irish dancing. While on break with her dance team, she was approached by a man whom she thought was a security guard about to yell at her for misbehaving, but ended up being a model scout. At the time, her friends thought it was a practical joke—that, or this guy needed glasses. And yet, who was the last one laughing? Ms. Rocha, that is who. 

Irish dancing down the runway at Jean Paul Gaultier
Irish dancing for Jean Paul Gaultier, because why not?

Pamela Anderson

In the summer of 1989, a 22-year-old Pam Anderson decided to go to a British Columbia Lions football game—and it’s a good thing she did. While there, clad in a Labatt Beer crop top, she found herself projected onto the Jumbotron for a brief five seconds. But apparently five seconds was all Anderson needed; after those mere seconds of fame, the beer company was instantly flooded with phone calls from people wondering who this mystery Jumbotron woman was. Which was apparently all it took to land Pam a gig as a spokesmodel for the brand. Note to self: go to more football games and wear more crop tops.

The OG Pam
The OG Pam.

Alek Wek

After fleeing the civil war in Sudan, Alek Wek, her mother, and her eight siblings relocated to London to create a new life. A few years later, while at a market, she was approached by a scout and asked whether she had any interest in modeling. Since then, she’s walked for Moschino, Dior, and Chanel—to name just a few. Since then, she’s inspired women all over the world by redefining conventional standards of beauty

Yas Queen
Yas Queen.

Photos via Stockton Police Department, Complex, Vogue, and Warwick Saint.

Stay tuned to Milk—there’s a good chance you’ll get discovered. 

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