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Daphne Muriël Deckers
10 November 1968
Daphne Muriël Deckers (born 10 November 1968) is a Dutch model, host, writer and occasional actress. In 1989 she started working at RTL-Véronique. While at RTL she presented Holland's Next Top Model, which she took over after the second season from Yfke Sturm.
Deckers began her career as a model. Later, she took up acting, appearing in the James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies. Also in 1999, she co-presented the first series of Big Brother. Currently, she writes children's books and books about family life and related subjects.
Soon after Deckers was born in Nijmegen her family moved to the small town of Persingen. While studying mass communications, Deckers became a model. Then in 1997 she posed for Playboy and appeared in the 1998 February issue of the magazine.
Deckers has had a few acting jobs. She was part of the American NBC-mini series, Remember, based on Barbara Taylor Bradford's novel. Coincidentally she was working with another Dutch actor, Derek de Lint. Decker was also part of the movie All Stars. She played a small part in the James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies.
Deckers has also presented multiple television shows, such as Big Brother, Reisgids, TV Woonmagazine en 101 Vrouwen. In July 2007, Deckers began presenting her first season as a judge on Holland’s Next Top Model. This later became known as the Benelux’ Next Top Model. Since 2007, Deckers has also become a fashion expert for RTL Boulevard and in September 2012 she became the permanent replacement for presenter Winston Gerschtanowitz. Currently, she has her own weekend television programme on 100%NL en she presents the Naakte Waarheid, which she is currently working on its second season.
In 1993 Deckers wrote columns for Veronicablad. Not long after she was asked to write a weekly column for a newspaper in Limburg. At the end of 1994, she began writing a weekly column for Viva. Then in 1999, she combined all of these columns and wrote the book De Echte Deckers (1999). After the publishing of her book, she continued writing a weekly column for the De Telegraaf. She bundled these columns into two books: Opwaartse drukte (2002) and Decksels (2005). Today she continues to write a weekly column for the De Telegraaf and she also writes columns for Reader's Digest.
Deckers has published two books, which have earned her the name as ‘example mother’. She published De geboorte van een moeder and De geboorte van een gezin. In 2003 her book De geboorte van een gezin was nominated for the NS Publiekprijs. Not only does Deckers write about upbringing, but she also writes children's books, such as De veschrikkelijke ijstaart, De matroos in de doos and Marijn in de woestijn. Her second children's novel was adapted into a play in 2007. In 2012 she wrote her first romance novel, Alles is zoals het zou moeten zijn.
On 7 July 1999, Deckers married tennis player Richard Krajicek. They have two children together. On 21 May 2010 she won the Lifetime Achievement Award for her extensive modelling career at the Dutch Model Awards in Amsterdam. Deckers is also an ambassador for the Nationaal Fonds Kinderhulp. And in 2010 Deckers launched her own lingerie line, TC World of Women.
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