Doutzen Kroes is a Dutch model and actress. She began her modelling career in 2003, in the Netherlands and was quickly sent by her agency to New York where she was cast by lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret. She was a Victoria’s Secret Angel from 2008 until 2014, making her the second Dutch Victoria’s Secret angel after Karen Mulder. She has been a brand ambassador for L’Oréal Paris since 2006. Kroes has been one of the highest-paid models, with an estimated income of more than $5 million per year, since 2008. In 2014, she came in second on the Forbes top-earning models list, estimated to have earned $8 million in one year. As of December 2015, she was ranked as one of the “New Supers” in the fashion industry and dubbed “Helen of Troy of advertising” by Models.com. In 2013, she became the first model to land four different solo international covers of Vogue‘s September issue in a single year.
Nick Name Doutzy
Occupation: Fashion model, actress, activist, philanthropist
Years active: 2003–present
Born: January 23, 1985, 38 years old and 8 months, Village of Eastermar, Friesland, Netherlands
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Eye color: Blue
Hair Color: Blonde
Height: 5 ft 10 / 178 cm
Measurements: 35-24-35 in / 89-61-89 cm
Bra Size: 32C
Doutzen Kroes may have studied till 12th grade as she applied to modeling agency Paparazzi Model Management in 2003
Doutzen Kroes has been in the top five of best-paid models, with an estimated income of more than five million per year since 2008.
In 2014, she came in second on the Forbes top-earning models list, estimated to have earned $8 million in one year.
As of December 2015, Doutzen Kroes was ranked as one of the New Supers in the fashion industry and dubbed Helen of Troy of advertising by Models.com.
Doutzen Kroes is one of few highly successful professional models who were not discovered by any scouting agency.
She got accepted at Paparazzi Model Management in Amsterdam after sending some of her holiday pictures.
Her first breakthrough was when she was featured on cover of Vogue Italia in 2005. Steven Meisel shot her pictures for the cover. Doutzen won Model of The Year on Vogue.com in the year 2005.
The year 2013 was a significantly successful year for her modeling career.
Doutzen Kroes became the first model celebrity to land 4 different solo international covers of Vogue September issue in a single year.
The September issues are generally regarded as the most important issue of the year for fashion magazines, especially Vogue.
She had been featured on a total of 8 Vogue covers, a count more than any other model, just in the year 2013.
Doutzen Kroes film debut was in Nova Zembla (2011).
She is one of the active members to contribute to Dance4Life, a Dutch non-profit organization that uses song and dance to educate youth about HIV and AIDS prevention.
Doutzen Kroes mother, Geartsje Leistra, was a nurse, then a teacher, and her father, Johan Kroes, was a psychotherapist. In the 1970s, they were both champion speed skaters. As a young girl, Kroes aspired to be a professional speed skater.
Kroes has a younger sister, Rens, who is a nutritionist.
Doutzen Kroes and her younger sister Rens, a nutritionist, grew up skating, cycling, and eating healthy food.
As Doutzen Kroes recalled:
I biked to school every day, about 25km there and back. My mum would say, if you go on your bike it will make you stronger. I think it did In the countryside I was always outside, kind of like a tomboy I never even thought about my looks. We didn’t have social media so we couldn’t look at other girls and pictures from magazines. We didn’t really buy a lot of magazines; my mum and dad would just read papers I felt super-young coming from the north of Holland, and I went to Amsterdam only once before I went to New York City.
In 2005, Kroes won “Model of The Year” on Vogue.com by readers. She was presented on the May 2007 cover of Vogue as one of the “World’s Next Top Models” along with Chanel Iman among others. Along with several of these models, she appeared in the 2008 Pirelli Calendar.
In 2006, a Frisian documentary directed by J.J.M. Jansen about a week in Kroes’ life as a model was released. It documented Kroes at Milan Fashion Week and her thinking about the modeling industry. In July 2007, earning at an estimated total of $1.5 million in the previous twelve months, Forbes named Kroes fourteenth in the list of the world’s 15 Top-Earning Supermodels. In April 2008, she was in fifth position, with an estimated income of $6 million. Forbes named Kroes fifth again in 2009 ($6 million), 2010 ($6 million) and 2012 ($6.9 million). Kroes escalated to the second position of the ranking in 2014, having earned $8 million the year before.
At the end of August 2008, Victoria’s Secret confirmed to People magazine that Kroes was to be the newest Victoria’s Secret Angel. Her first campaign as the brand’s newest Angel was “Supermodel Obsessions”.
There is a wax figure of Kroes in the Amsterdam branch of Madame Tussaud’s wax museum. From November 2009 to July 2010, Kroes wrote a monthly column about her life for the Dutch edition of Marie Claire.
In February 2010, Kroes returned to the catwalk during fashion week for Prada with fellow Angels Alessandra Ambrosio and Miranda Kerr. Prada was praised by former editor-in-chief of Glamour, Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire magazines, Bonnie Fuller in her blog for using a curvy model such as Kroes for the fashion show.
In September 2013, Kroes became the first model in history to appear on the cover of four international editions of Vogue in one month.
In 2014, Kroes appeared in the new Calvin Klein Reveal Fragrance commercial alongside Charlie Hunnam, as well as continuing her long-standing contracts. She also announced that she was ending her contract with Victoria’s Secret after seven years of being with the brand; she walked in the 2005–2009 (excluding 2007), and 2011–2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows. Kroes is considered one of the “New Supers” by Models.com.
In 2016, Kroes was announced as the spokesmodel for Dutch lingerie retailer Hunkemöller. Kroes released her own collection line ‘Doutzen’s Stories’ and has starred in several campaigns for the Hunkemöller brand to date.
On 24 November 2011, Kroes debuted in Nova Zembla, the first Dutch 3D film made. Kroes has been taking acting classes in New York City for several years and has stated in interviews that she plans to act in more movies to come. In 2017, she appeared in the superhero film Wonder Woman, as an Amazon warrior.
Kroes is actively involved with the non-profit organization Dance4Life, which uses song and dance to educate youth about HIV and AIDS prevention. She is also an ambassador for “Praat mar Frysk” (“Just speak Frisian”) campaign which aims to promote the Frisian language, which is spoken in Kroes’ native Friesland.
In 2009, Kroes started dating Dutch DJ Sunnery James Gorré. On 7 November 2010, she and Sunnery married in Eastermar. The couple have two children: son Phyllon Joy Gorré (born January 2011) and daughter Myllena Mae Gorré (born July 2014). Both children were born in Amsterdam, Netherlands. In an April 2014 interview on the future of her daughter, Kroes said: “Instead of saying, ‘You’re so beautiful’, I’ll say, ‘You’re smart’, so she’ll have different aspirations in life than beauty and modeling. Though I love my job, I’m not changing the world. I’d love for her to study and to have different aspirations. We need to teach girls they can become presidents, and it’s not about beauty all the time.”
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Kroes has spread conspiracy theories about COVID-19 and vaccines. In September 2021, Kroes elicited some controversy by revealing her anti-vaccine point of view on Instagram, stating she would “not be forced to take the shot”, in reference to the COVID-19 vaccine. In November 2021, Kroes shared a video on her Instagram account stating that COVID-19 vaccines are part of a plot by “satanists” to “reduce the global population”. Kroes, whose net worth is estimated by Quote at €29 million, has also been criticised for applying for government compensation of loss of income due to COVID-19 while at the same time spreading misinformation about the pandemic.
Doutzen Kroes Facts
Doutzen Kroes appeared in the 2008 Pirelli Calendar.
If Doutzen were not a model then she would have been a professional speed skater.
Doutzen Kroes has opted for Japanese facial massage to stay away from wrinkles and dark circles.
She loves running, sailing, ice skating, water sports and dancing.
Kroes has been given a booked ticket for the very first Dutch commercial space flight , which will lift in 2014.
Doutzen Kroes is actively involved with the non-profit organization Dance4Life which educates youth about HIV and AIDS prevention through song and dance.
There is a wax figure of Kroes in Madame Tussaudo museum in Amsterdam, Holland.
Doutzen Kroes was voted at no. 50 in FHM UKo Top 100 Sexiest Female in 2010.
She wrote a monthly column about herself in the Dutch edition of “Marie Claire” from November, 2009 to July, 2010.
Forbes magazine ranked her 14th in the list of Worldo Top 15 Supermodels in 2007.
Frisian language is her mother tongue.