VIA: Hanging with Nicki Minaj is a sure sign you’ve finally made it … Jeremy Meeks now knows the feeling.

Nicki and the “hot felon”-turned-model were hanging Thursday at the amfAR Gala at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cannes. They stopped for this pic … along with fashion designer Philipp Plein.


But the real story here is a former really bad dude — once barred from entering the UK because of his long ass rap sheet — has risen from the ashes and now parties with one of the hottest female rappers in the game.