This college student's mugshot is going viral because of how super-glamorous she looks
While little good can come out of being arrested, the rise of so-called #MugshotBae has propelled several individuals into the spotlight. Of course, there's the "hot felon", Jeremy Meeks, who landed an international modelling contract after his mugshot started making the rounds on social media, but now a college student has gone viral after people started pointing out just how glamorous her mugshot was.
In February of this year, Marshala Perkins did her makeup ready to go out with her friends. However, before she was able to set off, the college student was approached by two Hunt County police officers at her car. "[One officer] asked me for my handicap sticker because I was in a handicap spot," Marshala told As/Is, clarifying that her mother, whom she often drives around, has a disability. "I gave it to him and he brought it back, said everything was clear."
But instead of leaving matters there, the police officer allegedly said "It smells like weed in here", and told her to exit the vehicle so that she could be searched. The officers found two grams of marijuana, which the self-taught makeup artist had planned to smoke with her friends. "And so I went to jail for it with my beat face," Marshala stated, referring to her gorgeous makeup look.
And I mean, just take a look at her mugshot...
Five months later, Marshala's mugshot went viral after a Twitter user reposted the image with the caption, "We need a tutorial! Free her!"
"At first I was embarrassed because that’s not really something that you want to be broadcasted," the 19-year-old said in response to all the press attention. "But then when I saw all the support for me with my face beat—because makeup is something that I really wanted to do—I was like 'Okay!' I wasn’t feeling too bad about it.”
Marshala has never previously been arrested prior to the night of February 6th when she was charged with possession of marijuana, held overnight in jail, and ordered to pay $2,000 in court fees during the course of her six-month probation period.
The college freshman has since drawn attention to the fact that many of her fellow black students have had similar experiences. "I mean it was getting to the point where nobody that I was meeting was able to tell me, ‘Oh no, I was never arrested down here for marijuana’ or ‘I’ve never been stopped or searched or anything,'" she told the publication.
According to FBI data published by The Intercept, Texas police officers made more annual marijuana arrests in 2016 than law enforcement officials in any other state. In conjunction to this, a 2013 ACLU study found that while the use of marijuana is largely equal between black and white people, black people are 3.73 times more likely to arrested for possession of the drug nationwide.
"It’s been really hard trying to get a job because of my background now. A lot of people don’t want to hire people with marijuana on their background," Marshala concluded.