Gorgeous Belgium fan gets heat after old Facebook photo is uncovered

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(PIX11) — This Belgian soccer fan won instant fame and a modeling contract with L’Oreal after the world fell in  love with her charming smile. Now, she’s under fire for a hunting photo with a rude caption.

Days after Axelle Despiegelaere’s  new found success, she deleted her Facebook page after harsh criticism from fans.

She quickly lost her fans’ adoration when attention was turned to an insensitive Facebook post that was dug up from over a year ago.

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The picture shows the beautiful blonde next to a slain Oryx Gazelle, gun in hand, with the caption, “Hunting is not a matter of life and death. It’s much more important than that … this was about one year ago … ready to hunt Americans today haha.”

Apparently, the caption was a little facetious trash-talk before a Belgium vs. USA game.

Many fans, however, were not amused. Donna Johnston-Buitrago wrote “and you just got a l’oreal contract because of a picture of you at the soccer game? did they see this picture and your ignorant comment about hunting Americans? shame on you.”

Axelle Despiegelaere, a Belgium supporter cheers with her friend as they wait for the start of the Group H football match between Belgium and Russia at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 22, 2014 (MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)

Axelle Despiegelaere, a Belgium supporter cheers with her friend as they wait for the start of the Group H football match between Belgium and Russia at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 22, 2014 (MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)

Despiegelaere defended herself by saying, “Hi, I didn’t mean to offend anyone … it was a joke. Thanks for understanding.”

Though her Facebook fan page has been deleted, her promotional video for L’Oreal is still online.

The company has not made a statement about Despeigelaere’s photo.

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9 comments

    • GeeWizz

      Can’t say I disagree. I often wonder how much pride one gets from killing the beauty of a defenseless animal. Kinda of contradiction. She’s prepared to sustain her natural beauty for L’Oreal, but destroy natural beauty that needs no cosmetics at all. Just my opinion.

  • Molly Lynn

    Well if you hire someone you don’t even know just because they had a pretty picture what can you expect? L’oreal did not look at other pictures BEFORE hiring her? Something doesn’t seem right here.

  • anon115

    Here’s my thought, but once you become famous, people will find anything in destroy you. Similar in beauty pagants, you’re not supposed to have a Facebook or any social media account because people could find things and use it against you. Also, I’m sure she was joking just like many others joke. It wasn’t a funny joke, but it wasn’t ever serious either. Funny how a picture from such a while back can be such a big deal once you’re famous. I’ve seen much worse things happen and so many people are going to flip about some teenage girl’s dumb instagram post. There’s bigger problems out there…

  • ericforever30

    Well done L’oreal for firing her. She has a very common look. Nothing special about her. On top of that, she likes killing animals. There are so many beautiful women inside and out who can be models for L’oreal. They don’t need this spoiled girl. At least it sends the message that they won’t tolerate killing and torturing animals just for the sick pleasure of doing it. I know for some of you are in your DNA and of course you see it as normal, but for others such as me this is completely inhumane and coward. Why not make it a little more fair, drop the riffle and try to do that without that. Let’s see if you’re brave enough to kill an animal.

  • Sean In NY

    It’s a shame that ‘lOreal opposes African wildlife conservation. Guess that’s another company on the aul boycott list. Kudos to the young Belgian for caring about the long-term health of animal habitats in Africa.

  • Rein

    People over react far to much. She’s a huntress so freaking what. We eat animals everyday. Who you think killed the chicken your having for lunch and the steak u out had for dinner? We as people need to grow the hell up…

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