Romee Van Strijd is a Dutch model. A former Victoria’s Secret Angel, she appeared in the brand’s annual fashion show from 2014 to 2018. She has worked for brands including Alexander McQueen, Michael Kors, and Carolina Herrera. She has also appeared in magazines such as Vogue, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar.
Years active: 2009-present
Born: July 19, 1995, 28 years old and 4 months, Zoetermeer, South Holland, Netherlands
Sun Sign: Cancer
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Green
Height: 5 ft 10½ in / 179 cm
Measurements: 31-23-33 in / 79-58.5-84 cm
Bra Size: 30A US / 65A EU
Mother – Saskia Bennis
She has one younger sister Ise Strijd
She was approached by a scout when she was 13 in Amsterdam and turned it down as she was too nervous and had other dreams. After two years, at 15, she wanted to give modelling a try and was signed to DNA model agency in 2011. She left school to pursue modelling, but returned at the age of 17 to the Netherlands to finish school because the career was overwhelming and she missed home. After time off from modelling she realized her love for modelling and moved to New York City after graduating.
Strijd signed with the DNA Model Management agency at 15 years old and worked for two years in Milan, Paris and New York City for brands like Burberry, Louis Vuitton and Prada before taking a break. She has appeared in editorials for British, German, Spanish, Turkish, Japanese and Dutch Vogue, French, Italian, and Dutch Elle, Spanish and Greek Harper’s Bazaar, Dutch Marie Claire, and French Madame Figaro.
She has been on the cover of several versions of Vogue, Unconditional Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Exit, Elle and Maxim (magazine). She posed 26 weeks pregnant on the cover of the November 2020 issue of Dutch Vogue, after She inspired the magazine to dedicate an issue to motherhood.
She has walked runway shows for Alexander McQueen, Badgley Mischka, Balmain, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Celine, Christopher Kane, DKNY, Jeremy Scott, Donna Karan, EDUN, Giambattista Valli, Hussein Chalayan, Isabel Marant, Jil Sander, Jill Stuart, Kenzo, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Marchesa, Michael Kors, Nina Ricci, Peter Som, Phillip Lim, Prabal Gurung, Prada, Rag & Bone, Rochas, Roland Mouret, Vera Wang, Off White and Victoria’s Secret.
In 2014, she was chosen to be one of the newcomers at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. In 2015, she became a Victoria’s Secret Angel, making her the third Dutch Angel after Karen Mulder and Doutzen Kroes. In March 2017 she announced that she was now represented by IMG Models.
In 2018, She was chosen to wear the Shooting Star Swarovski Look in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. In 2018, she became a brand ambassador for popular Australian swimwear brand Seafolly.
Strijd started her YouTube channel on 16 July 2017 where she posts vlogs, behind-the-scenes, and beauty content. As of 2023, the channel has reached 1.88 million subscribers and a total of 180 million views.
Since January 2010, Strijd has been in a relationship with Laurens van Leeuwen, son of television presenter Bert van Leeuwen. The couple has since gotten their marriage certificate in the United States and plan on eventually having a formal wedding. The couple announced their engagement on 25 January 2022.
In May 2020, Strijd and van Leeuwen announced they were expecting their first child, a girl. Their daughter was born on 2 December 2020. She also revealed that she struggled with PCOS for years, claiming that her weight and high-intensity workouts due to her modeling career were not good for her body, and after she had started being nicer to herself, finally got her period back after seven years. In May 2022, Strijd and Van Leeuwen announced they were expecting their second child. In June, she announced she is expecting another baby girl. Their second daughter was born on 11 November 2022.
First Fashion Show
Romee debuted with Ready to Wear – Spring / Summer 2012 fashion show and walked for Alexander McQueen, Balmain, Burberry Prorsum, Cacharel, Celine, Christopher Kane, Giambattista Valli, Hakaan, Isabel Marant, Jil Sander, Louis Vuitton, Loewe, Nina Ricci, Prada, Roland Mouret, and Yves Saint Laurent.
Romee Strijd Favorite Things
VS Angel – All of them
Designers – Isabel Marant
Romee Strijd Facts
She debuted in the Victoria Secret Fashion Show 2014 along with fellow Dutch model Imaan Hammam.
She is not the first Dutch model to appear in Victoria Secret Fashion Show. Other models like Doutzen Kroes, Maud Welzen (first ran in VS show in 2012 for their PINK line), etc. have already made into this annual show.
She likes to work in Victoria Secret fashion shows. Unlike other fashion shows, she can smile or even send a kiss on the catwalk, here, in VS show. So, it rather fun.
After Victoria Secret casting for the VS show in 2014, Romee treated herself with little carrot cake, which her boyfriend brought up for her.
Romee likes cooking. She makes things like healthy muffins and banana bread.
In 2009, she started modeling locally.
Romee looks up to the career of model Bette Franke as Bette is from the same mother agency as her. Also, she has done big fashion jobs and is grounded.