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Gorgeous Belgium fan gets heat after old Facebook photo is uncovered

Posted at 5:22 PM, Jul 10, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-10 17:04:33-04

(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.