Axelle Despiegelaere was rooting for her home country of Belgium a few weeks ago at the World Cup in Brazil. The 17-year-old fan was photographed in the crowd, won instant fame and landed herself a modeling gig, but she’s certainly not the first sports spectator to become famous.
Despiegelaere was watching Belgium play Russia in a Group H game two weeks ago when she was picked out from the crowd in photos. Newspapers the world over printed the image of her in a red devils hat and tricolor face paint.
— elo (@Hell_odie16) June 26, 2014
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With her fame, Despiegelaere also became a social media star, amassing more than 200,000 likes on her Facebook page since it was created on June 26. As of Thursday morning, the teen had nearly 230,000 likes.
Now that she’s Internet-famous, L’Oreal reached out to the Belgian teen and offered her a modeling contract. The Paris-based cosmetics company released a promotional video for L’Oreal Professionnel Paris, following Despiegelaere as she gets her hair done.
The Huffington Post reported that Despiegelaere announced on Tuesday she had accepted a modeling contract with L’Oreal. Some French media outlets, however, reported she does not have an official contract but had previously done a few photo shoots with the cosmetics giant.
Despiegelaere is one of many female sports fans spotted in crowds at games who went on to become famous.
Katherine Webb is one of the most recent females to enter the limelight just for attending a game. The 23-year-old, who was Miss Alabama USA 2012, was cheering on her boyfriend, Alabama’s A.J. McCarron, when ESPN commentator Brent Musburger shifted his coverage of the game to Webb.
“Wow! What a beautiful woman,” Musberger famously said during the broadcast last January.
Musberger also “discovered” Jenn Sterger, an unknown undergraduate at Florida State University wearing a cowboy hat, short shorts and a bikini top at a game in 2005.
“Fifteen-hundred red-blooded Americans just decided to apply to Florida State,” the New York Times quoted Musberger as saying.
Sterger also won spots in Playboy and Maxim as well as a job writing for the Sports Illustrated website and broadcasting jobs at ABC and Fuel TV.
— Rebecca Grant (@rebeccagrants) May 27, 2014
Another sports fan who gained notoriety was Rebecca Grant, nicknamed the “Clippers boob girl” for grabbing on her shirt during a Los Angeles Clippers game. Before her Internet fame, Grant worked as a host on Fox Sports World as well as “Throut and Neck,” “NFL Under the Helmet” and “Truck Shop.” Grant also modeled for Budweiser, Coors and Keystone and appeared in Maxim and FHM magazines.
Kacie McDonnell, the girlfriend of Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, also entered the limelight when her boyfriend shared a photo of the pair on Instagram saying he was “so excited” she was attending the game last November. McDonnell is a reporter for Fox 29 in Philadelphia.