Axelle Despiegelaere was in the right place at the right time, and now she will be going from the crowded, competitive, and crazy World Cup stands in Brazil, to the crowded, competitive, and crazy world of modeling in the pages of magazines as the newest teenaged L’Oreal Cosmetics model. Despiegelaere is only 17 years old, but a photo taken of her cheering on her team at the World Cup in late June quickly went viral and modeling scouts took notice.
Despiegelarere was simply in the stands cheering on her Belgium team against Russia on June 22 when the images were taken. She wore a fun horned hat in her team’s colors of black, yellow, and red, and the blonde beauty also had her teams flag painted on her face. But as her team was eliminated, Despiegelaere’s wild ride was only just beginning.
The photos — and near worldwide reaction to those photos — prompted Despiegelaere to create a Facebook page, which promptly scored over 200,000 likes. L’Oreal was quick to seek her out and sign her, and according to the UK’s Daily Mirror, Despiegelaere is already at work in product videos for the cosmetics giant as they try to cash in on what’s left of the World Cup fever after all but two teams have been eliminated.
The beautiful soccer fan’s rise to fame has come with a social media price, as pictures of her have quickly surfaced showing the beautiful Despiegelaere kneeling over a fallen oryx gazelle that she hunted and killed on a recent hunting trip to Africa. This revelation comes days after Kendall Jones, the teen cheerleader and hunter from Texas, had her similarly staged hunting photos removed from Facebook.
Despiegelaere was quick to respond to the hunting photos, as the Sydney Morning Herald reports, taking a quote from her Facebook page.
“Hunting is not a matter of life or death. It’s much more important than that.”
L’Oreal, a company that has come under criticism for its treatment of animals in cosmetic testing, has not responded and seems content to capitalize on Despiegelaere’s sudden rise to fame.
Whether or not the hunting photos prove damaging to Despiegelaere’s budding modeling career, the pics seem to be taking a back seat to the skyrocketing popularity that comes with landing a huge modeling contract, especially one reported to be “lucrative.” Axelle Despiegelaere was an unknown weeks ago, but now the world knows her, and her face, and her career is only just beginning.