World Cup photos of 17-year-old Axelle Despiegelaere went viral when cameramen caught the pretty teen with her face painted red, black and yellow cheering and waving her pom poms against Russia in Rio on June 22. From there, a modeling career blossomed on Tuesday; that is until Friday when L'Oreal announced the young model was a no-go reported The Daily News.
Her 15 minutes of fame ended abruptly after a July 1 photo showed up on Despiegelaere's Facebook page of her posing with a dead antelope; rifle in her hand. And if that wasn't glaringly disgusting enough to thousands of people who were following her what now amounts to a very brief career, her caption under the picture was even more egregious:
"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"
And so for 17,000 Facebook fans, who drew a big frown on their faces, and quickly for many more, the "unfriend" option became the flavor of the day.
When a woman posted under the bloodied photo of the dead Gemsbok antelope:
"Aly Weisman ✔ @AlyWeisman
@Loreal @LOrealParisUSA what do you think of this post by your new model Axelle Despiegelaere?"
L'Oreal quickly responded and told The Independent:
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."
The company has not responded whether the photo of Despiegelaere, with the dead game, had anything to do with ending her contract. L'Oreal did emphasize however, that none of their cosmetics are tested using animals nor do they delegate that task to others.
So much for Axelle Despiegelaere. The teenager did apologize, stating she did not mean to offend anyone. Then she deleted her Facebook account.
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