Although Belgium was eliminated from the World Cup last Saturday, it wasn’t a total loss for one fan. While the country competed in the group stages of the competition, a photo of a gorgeous 17-year-old fan cheering went viral, capturing the attention of beauty brand L’Oreal Professionnel.
Axelle Despiegelaere was candidly photographed during Belgium’s World Cup match against Russia on June 22. Cheering in the crowd, the patriotic teen was seen sporting the colours of Belgium’s flag on her face, which matched her red, yellow, and black pom poms and hat with horns.
After returning home, the Red Devils fan set up a Facebook page, which quickly gained 200,000 followers, and was approached by L’Oreal. Amazingly, the beauty brand offered Despiegelaere a modelling contract purely based on her viral photo.
Then, on Tuesday, Despiegelaere announced that she officially signed on with the company. "Made my decision..signed my contract, with L'Oreal!" she wrote on her Facebook page.
Since then, the 17-year-old has appeared in a number of promotional ads and videos on L’Oreal’s Facebook page. There, the brand refers to Despiegelaere as “la plus belle des supportrices de la coupe du monde,” or the most beautiful World Cup supporter.
Clearly Despiegelaere’s patriotism paid off, as the teen is now a rising star for a worldwide beauty brand.
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