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Belgium Fan Lands and Loses Modeling Gig After World Cup Image Takes Off

Sean SwabyUK Staff WriterJanuary 12, 2017

When an image of a Belgium fan went viral, the 17-year-old received the opportunity of a lifetime to model for cosmetic giant L'Oreal.  

It's that easy, right? 

After Axelle Despiegelaere was spotted during Belgium's match against Russia, L'Oreal made her its star of the day.  

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It didn't stop there, though. 

When she returned to Belgium from Brazil, Despiegelaere was cast in a promotional video for L'Oreal Professionnel Belgique

Update, July 11: This positive story took a turn for the worse when pictures of Despiegelaere on a hunt with a dead oryx emerged.

@Loreal @LOrealParisUSA what do you think of this post by your new model Axelle Despiegelaere?

— Aly Weisman (@AlyWeisman) July 10, 2014

The Independent adds that no sooner had Despeigelaere been featured by L'Oreal than her contract was terminated.

The paper reports a spokesman saying:

The spokesperson said that, although the brand was aware of the photograph, it would not comment on whether this was behind the decision to terminate Ms Despiegelaere's contract. However, they were keen to stress that L'Oréal "no longer tests on animals, anywhere in the world, and does not delegate this task to others."

If ever there were a story to show the power of viral images—for good and bad—then this it.

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