There's trouble in paradise for a 17-year-old girl who was rumored to have been offered a modeling gig with L'Oréal after cheering on her team in the World Cup. If you've been following the World Cup games, you may have seen Axelle Despiegelaere, a Belgium fan with a horned hat, two pom-poms, paint on her face, and apparently the looks of a L'Oréal model. Despiegelaere traveled to Brazil from Belgium to get her superfan on and support her team. After pictures were snapped of her enjoying the game, she was offered a chance to do some modeling for L'Oréal.
Unfortunately, the fairy-tale way that Despiegelaere got discovered wasn't enough to keep her as a permanent addition to the L'Oréal team, and the world-cup-discovered model was let go. Although she posted on Facebook that she had signed a contract with the brand, and they collaborated on a video to announce the news of her arrival, it appears her time in the limelight is all over. She set up her own Facebook page when she returned from the World Cup celebration — but that Despiegelaere Facebook page is now "not found."
It seems a little too coincidental that after she posted a photo of her hunting and the caption "Hunting is not a matter of life or death. It's much more important than that..this was about 1 year ago...ready to hunt americans today haha :P."
Despiegelaere later apologized, but that didn't seem to be enough to satisfy L'Oréal, whose spokesperson told Buzzfeed, "Axelle de Spiegelaere is not one of L’Oréal Professionnel’s spokespeople. 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."
Hope it was good while it lasted, Axelle! Hey, at least she hasn't been working her whole life for that modeling contract. But it must have been a whirlwind of a week for Belgium's beautiful superfan.