Axelle Despiegelaere loses modeling contract over hunting photo?


You know that 17-year-old Belgium fan that landed a modeling contract with L’Oreal after she was photographed at the World Cup? Axelle Despiegelaere worked with L’Oreal to create one social media video before her contract was terminated. A hunting photo that she posted on Facebook may explain why her gig was so short-lived.

Axelle’s Facebook page, which had nearly 30,000 likes but has since been deleted, featured several photos of her wearing Belgium colors and cheering on her team. There was also one photo that showed her holding a rifle and posing with a dead gazelle. It sparked outrage, as did the caption that went along with it.

Despiegelaere posted the photo before Belgium’s win over the United States. Here’s what she wrote, according to Business Insider:

“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.”

After reading all the backlash from fans, Axelle changed the caption to simply read “this was about 1 year ago.” She also apologized to anyone she might have offended.


Apparently it didn’t matter. On Thursday, a L’Oreal spokesperson told The Independent that the beauty product company is done working with Axelle.

“L’Oréal Professionnel Belgium collaborated with her on an ad hoc basis to produce a video for social media use in Belgium,” the spokesperson said. “The contract has now been completed.”

The representative would not confirm nor deny whether the hunting photo was responsible for Despiegelaere’s contract being terminated but stressed that L’Oreal “no longer tests on animals, anywhere in the world, and does not delegate this task to others.”

It seems pretty obvious what happened. The most bizarre part about the story is that Axelle is the second young lady we have been introduced to this month that has hunted exotic animals. What are the odds of that?

Here’s the video Axelle produced before her contract ended:

H/T Guyism

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  • Del

    PBR’s! I like the down by the river idea of it but that was back in the day when chugging eight or nine cold ones and throwing up over the side of an inner-tube while enjoying a two mile float was “fun”, and the headache that followed was worth the ride.

    Ah, the indulgence of youth…not anymore, now I drink for flavor, not the buz (well, maybe a little buz); and PBR’s are like licking a blackboard that hasn’t seen an eraser in a while. Now…dump one of those mini cans of tomato juice in a glass of Blue Ribbon and that’ll rescue the taste buds…and add some nutrition as well.

    I’ll take you up on that gazpacho offer, but I’m thinking a glass of pino noir and some bruscetto on the side, followed by a big plate of zuppa de pesche might round out the meal. Top it off with a small bowl of spumoni and a cup of cappuccino… and as long as we’re indulging, a spontaneous interruption by a news flash stating that, miraculously, Washington D.C. has just collapsed into the largest sink hole ever witnessed by man…no politicians survived…states will have to revert back to original principles and Canada has agreed to take all the illegals so we can make a fresh start of it.

  • Shelly Pearce

    Oh Dear – -you beer snobbed me. I’ve never chugged beer however so maybe that makes a diff – – and I don’t think the headaches are ever worth it – -ugh. I must say though a delicious glass of robust red with practically anything is the ticket. Can’t go over two glasses – – or I’m shlurring my wordsh. Isn’t it the Europeans who drink their beer room temp? Yuck!
    I’ll see your glass of pinot and bruschetta and raise you a glass of proseco and a beer can chicken.
    Just got in from having water fights with my nephew – – I won (natch) so came in house to call a truce for the evening.

  • Del

    Wasn’t try’n to snob you, just had a PBR flashback. I’m going to have to try that beer can chicken this weekend, haven’t had it before. Sounds good.

    Sounds like you’re having summer fun with the fam; nice.

    I think the Repub’s are about to pass a meaningless immigration bill last minute and then slink out of town, back to stroke the suckers in their districts. Same old game. I really, really, really, don’t like this particular breed of politician. Lying, posturing scum, they are!

  • Shelly Pearce

    I’m just given’ you a hard time PV (re: beer). That’s the bad thing about not hearing voice inflections or facial expressions – – I’d be winking at you with one eye and poking you in the ribs with an elbow.
    I’ve only floated down one river in my life and that was just a few years ago (no PBRs around though). Snake River in Wyoming. Not sure there was much floating involved though – – – I’m going to go back again some day. It was loads of fun.
    I halfway listened to news yesterday. I think I saw headline on Drudge late last night that the House immigration bill didn’t pass (?). I think I’m just so bummed over the whole invasion thing. We’re just such at these traitors mercies in D.C. and what is more sickening is that we have been at their mercies for such a long time (I think I start the time clock at George H. W. just for my countdown) and Americans can’t see this. That is just my own view, however. I think I’m more fatalistic now. Until there is a shot fired nothing is going to change. Until then I’m going to enjoy the Sierra Nevadas, PBRs, and the spumantes and bruschetta. If you make your beer can chicken grab a PBR for the process for old time’s sake.