Probably no one will ever beat "hot felon" Jeremy Meeks for mugshot success stories, but this woman from Charlotte, North Carolina, is having a surprising upswing after her mugshot was posted on Twitter.
Shia Yearwood was arrested for violating a restraining order. She told BuzzFeed News that she and her ex both have orders against one another, and he reported her when she attempted to see their son at his parent's house. She turned herself in, and was charged with a misdemeanor.
Yearwood didn't love the experience, obviously, but her picture has gone viral. Why? Because her braids look so good:
Folks started commenting on Yearwood's picture, asking where she gets her hair done.
That is the most beautiful mugshot I've ever seen in my life and I've seen a lot.— Donald_white (@Donaldw32858129) January 10, 2018
Yep sista haired laid out. Never thought a mugshot could be used for Marketing. In any event...GONE GIRL WITCHA BAD SELF! Love it!— RONI HUMPHREY (@richandelicious) January 12, 2018
Taking a good mugshot isn't easy. When you get arrested, chances are your not really prepared for it, and you're already stressed out. So you end up basically looking crazy, even if your innocent. So if you take a good mugshot, much respect to you.— A Nobody from the Suburbs (@_4Truth_) January 10, 2018
The surprise twist is that Yearwood does her own hair, and she's great at it:
At first, when Yearwood saw the support she was receiving she thought it was a joke from her friends or people who have seen her to get their hair done.
"I thought it was just people being funny on my social media. But then I started to read the responses and I realized that they were actually very positive and uplifting," she said.
Yearwood told BuzzFeed that she started to learn how to braid hair when she was only 7. Her grandmother taught her.
"She got into a car accident when I was younger and couldn’t use her hands like she used to, and she would teach me how to braid her hair," she explained. Yearwood's been making it her business for the last five years, and generally travels to patrons homes to work. And this mugshot has led to an unexpected business boom.
She's capitalizing on her viral fame:
In the replies, Yearwood is naming prices and making appointments. She says she's booked up for the week.
In a post about it on Instagram, Yearwood says she suspected that her mugshot would get put on blast—it's a thing in Charlotte. So she wore her braids hoping to at least look good. This is still beyond what anyone could have expected, but great marketing idea:
I keep getting asked to do interviews and tell my story. Lol now y’all know me. This I funny to me bc A Lame Had me arrested. Jumped and beat on. Snatched my kid. Turned our phones off and got missing took the car we shared and moved out an apt by myself. I had the roughest month of my life and this is how I started my new year. Now let me tell y’all how God works. I thought I should take my pic with my braids bc I knew the Charlotte mugshot page was gonna do me dirty lol. So I said fuck it. Ima retweet it and shout out my braids. Now I’m getting asked to do interviews. Give my story. Tell how I turned my negative to positive. THIS IS HOW. Walk in the truth. Stay true to who you are. You thought I was tripping off what you did to me. I knew you were trying to break me. I knew you were trying to hurt me and you wanted to see me in jail. Well guess what baby? Thank you 😘. Frfr bc of you and your lame assness. Deposits are rolling in. New clients. New reach of people. New support and most of all. I wasn’t broken. I stood up tall and proud and I held my head high bc I wasn’t ashamed of shit. I let my work speak for itself and I let my God work for me! We turning lemons to lemonade all year baby. #SecureTheBag2018 @hairbyshia #HairbyShia #BraidsByShia
It's not perfect.
"It’s more embarrassing because it’s not like I went viral off my hair alone," Yearwood explained. "It’s attached to a mugshot, so people’s perception of me might change, and that’s the only thing I didn’t like. Once they see a mugshot you’re automatically guilty and that’s not true."
But if people are gonna see your mugshot anyway, you might as well make some money.