World Cup 2014: Belgian Fan Scores Modeling Contract
Her team was knocked out by Argentina this week, but Axelle Despiegelaere won a new career after photos of her cheering on the Belgians went viral.
Crazed fans in Brazil have worn every costume imaginable during the World Cup, but one pretty blonde Belgian caught the eye of millions as she cheered on the national team against Russia on June 22.
Axelle Despiegelaere, 17, wearing a black, red and yellow horned hat and face paint and waving pom-poms, was passionately supporting Team Belgium when a photographer snapped her midgaze.
The photo ended up in newspapers all over the world and soon became a viral sensation thanks to Despiegelaere's natural good looks and sincere national pride, transforming her into an overnight star.
It has since scored her a Facebook fan page with more than 250,000 likes and a modeling contract with L'Oreal Professional.
On Tuesday, Despiegelaere posted the good news, writing: "Made my decision, signed my contract with L'Oreal!" along with a snapshot of her in the brand's T-shirt still supporting the Belgium team, which is nicknamed the Red Devils.
The teenager's future will be bright if it's anything like another blonde bombshell who was discovered during a sporting event.
Pamela Anderson was first spotted wearing a skintight Labatt beer T-shirt when her image was blasted on the stadium's Jumbotron at a British Columbia Lions football game in 1989. The image sparked a roar from the crowd, and the sudden celebrity status led to Anderson gracing the cover of Playboy magazine a few months later.