Axelle Despiegelaere, the Belgian fan who became famous after cameras zoomed in on her in the stands during the World Cup, has lost her modeling contract with cosmetic company L’Oreal, and it could be because of this Facebook photo showing the 17-year-old hunting big game.
A representative for the cosmetic company confirmed in a statement to Buzzfeed that she did not have a contract with them.
“Axelle de Spiegelaere is not one of L’Oréal Professionnel’s spokespeople,” the rep said. “L’Oréal Professionnel Belgium collaborated with her on an ad hoc basis to produce a video for social media use in Belgium.This has now been produced.”
Reports claim the contract was severed after the teenager caught flack for uploading the picture to her Facebook, alongside its controversial caption about “hunting Americans” the day Belgium took America out of the World Cup.
The company did not tell The Independent whether the decision regarding the modeling contract was because of the photo, but did say L’Oreal “no longer tests on animals, anywhere in the world, and does not delegate this task to others.”
Despiegelaere has since deleted her Facebook page.
The teen had announced on Facebook this week that she had been offered and signed a modeling contract with the French cosmetic company after becoming a sensation when cameras at the game zoomed in on her. Fans created a Facebook fan page for her that has garnered almost 300,000 likes.
We think she’ll do just fine.