Jessica Leandra Dos Santos’s career as a model and sex kitten could be all but over. The Joburg-born model came under fire for posting a racist tweet on social networking site Twitter. It read: “Just, well took on an arrogant and disrespectful k***** inside Spar. Should have punched him, should have.”
After angry responses to her comment, Dos Santos deleted the offending tweet. But it was too late. She has already lost one of her major sponsors and men’s magazine FHM has distanced itself from the 20-year-old, saying she would be stripped of her title as FHM model of the year in 2011.
Reacting, Dos Santos posted another tweet: “Would you all stop! These are the kind of people that land up raping young girls in our country. I wasn’t going to let him get away with it.”
Quick Trim SA, one of Dos Santos’s long-standing sponsors, said: “Due to the severity of the remarks by Jessica Leandra, Quick Trim SA herewith ends our sponsorship to her with immediate effect!”
And yesterday, Brendan Cooper, editor of FHM, said that the men’s magazine had been left horrified by Dos Santos’s racist tweet and that she would be stripped of her title as FHM model of the year. “We are appalled … and would like to formally announce that she has been stripped of her title as winner of the FHM Modelbook 2011 competition with immediate effect.