Axelle Despiegelaere, the 17-year-old beauty who was noticed during a World Cup game, made international headlines for scoring a prestigious modeling gig just from being spotted in a crowd. But just as quick as she became famous, she lost her job—possibly for posting photos with dead animals à la Texas teen Kendall Jones.
According to The Independent, L’Oreal “cut its ties” with the Belgian fan, dubbed “the most beautiful” football spectator, days after reportedly giving her a modeling contract. The newspaper reported photos of her with dead animals on a big game hunting trip sparked outrage online and likely led to her losing her gig.
The French cosmetics company, L’Oréal Professionnel Belgium which released a promotional video of Despiegelaere getting her hair done, said she is not a spokesperson for the brand.
"L’Oréal Professionnel Belgium collaborated with her on an ad hoc basis to produce a video for social media use in Belgium. The contract has now been completed,” a statement to The Independent read.
However, the spokesperson declined to comment if the photo of Despiegelaere with dead animals was the reason for her firing, but the company said it was aware the images existed. L'Oréal added it "no longer tests on animals, anywhere in the world, and does not delegate this task to others."
— The Independent (@Independent) July 11, 2014
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.
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.
With her fame, Despiegelaere also became a social media star, amassing a copious amount of “likes” on her Facebook page since it was created on June 26.
— Harper's Bazaar UK (@BazaarUK) July 10, 2014
Despiegelaere is not the only person to come under fire recently for posting pictures of dead big game on Facebook.
A Texas teen named Kendall Jones recently roused controversy for posting photos of dead animals, mostly endangered species, she hunted in Africa. Many petitions were formed to remove the blonde Texas Tech cheerleader’s page from Facebook and he Humane Society of the United States condemned her for her actions.
— Nicole (@_nicoleeeC) July 7, 2014