World Cups – French cosmetics giant L’Oréal has cut its ties with a Belgian football fan it had scouted as a hair model in the stands in Brazil after pictures of her on a big game hunting trip sparked outrage online.
Seventeen-year old Axelle Despiegelaere made headlines after she was photographed during the World Cup and was dubbed the “most beautiful” football supporter.
The photographs not only went viral, but also landed her a contract to star in a L’Oréal Professionnel Belgique social media campaign, including a “hair tutorial” video that sees her getting a L’Oreal hair treatment and has received more than one million views since it was posted on Tuesday.
However, the French company has decided to cut ties with Ms Despiegelaere, insisting that she is not a spokesperson for the brand and her contract has been “completed”. The announcement comes after a series of photographs on Facebook showed her posing next to a dead animal while holding a rifle on a hunting trip.
A L’Oreal spokesperson told The Independent: “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.”
Poor girl. 17 years old. Incredibly beautiful. At the World Cup to cheer on her home country. I really don’t know how she’s going to take this kind of heartbreak. She’ll probably be shunned in her native village (I picture any place that’s not America full of villages). I might just have to fly to Belgium to cheer her up with my rapist wit. Fire up and the internet and find me a map. Ryan’s going to Belgium.
P.S. Have yourself a day Axelle