A 17-year-old World Cup fan from Belgium who won a modeling contract with L’Oreal may have put her job in jeopardy by posting photos of herself game hunting in Africa.
Axelle Despiegelaere gained attention worldwide after photos of her cheering on Belgium in a game against Russia became popular on the internet, according to the Daily Mail.
After her pictures went viral, Axelle accepted a contract with L’Oreal on Tuesday. However, another photo of Axelle also recently surfaced, in which she is posing next to a dead animal in Africa holding a rifle.
On her Facebook page, Axelle posted that “Hunting is not a matter of life or death. It's much more important than that.”
Update: According to The Independent, Axelle has lost her modeling gig.
Though L'Oreal has not made any public statements about Axelle’s hunting hobby, the company has a history of trying to promote animal rights. In 2012, it donated more than a million dollars to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Axelle’s hunting photos emerged at the same time that photos of another teenage girl from Texas hunting in Zimbabwe sparked controversy nationwide. Many Facebook users have reported Texas teenager Kendall Jones’ photos offensive and voiced concerns about the effects of hunting in Africa.
Source: Daily Mail