Doutzen Kroes

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Doutzen Kroes
Doutzen Kroes Cannes 2015 2 (cropped).jpg
Doutzen Kroes at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival
Born (1985-01-23) 23 January 1985 (age 34)
ResidenceAmsterdam and New York City (until 2014)
NationalityDutch
Other namesDoutzy
OccupationFashion model, actress, activist, philanthropist
Years active2003–present
Spouse(s)
Children2
Modeling information
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Hair colorBlonde
Eye colorBlue
Agency

Doutzen Kroes (West Frisian pronunciation: [ˈdʌu̯tsə(ŋ) ˈkrus]; born 23 January 1985) is a Dutch supermodel, actress, activist and philanthropist. 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.[2] She has been a brand ambassador for L'Oréal Paris since 2006.[3] Kroes has been one of 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.[4] As of December 2015, she was ranked as one of the "New Supers"[5] in the fashion industry and dubbed "Helen of Troy of advertising"[6] by Models.com.

In 2013, she became the first model to land 4 different solo international covers of Vogue's September issue in a single year.[7]

Her 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. She is also one of the supporters of Wildlife Conservation and World Wildlife Fund.

Early life[edit]

Doutzen Kroes was born on 23 January 1985 in the village of Eastermar (Dutch: Oostermeer).[8][9] Her mother, Geartsje Leistra, was a nurse, then a teacher,[10] 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.[11]

Kroes has a younger sister, Rens, a nutritionist.[12]

Career[edit]

Modeling career[edit]

Kroes described herself as a "tomboy" in her youth. She had never seriously considered modeling, but sent snapshots to modeling agency Paparazzi Model Management in Amsterdam in 2003. After graduating high school, Kroes was about 18 years old when she wanted to get a job to make some pocket money.

In 2005, Kroes won "Model of The Year" on Vogue.com by readers.[13] 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.[14] Along with several of these models, she appeared in the 2008 Pirelli Calendar.

Doutzen Kroes in New York City

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.[15] 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.[16] In April 2008, she was in fifth position, with an estimated income of $6 million.[17] Forbes named Kroes fifth again in 2009 ($6 million), 2010 ($6 million) and 2012 ($6.9 million).[18][19][20] Kroes escalated to the second position of the ranking in 2014, having earned $8 million the year before.[4]

Kroes is in the official Frisian provincial campaign for the Frisian language, her mother tongue.[21]

Doutzen Kroes on the catwalk in 2007

At the end of August 2008, Victoria's Secret confirmed to People magazine that Kroes was to be the newest Victoria's Secret Angel.[22] Her first campaign as the brand's newest Angel was "Supermodel Obsession".[citation needed] In September 2009, she signed[23] to be the new face for Swiss cashmere label Repeat for two years.[24]

There is a wax figure of Kroes in the Amsterdam branch of Madame Tussaud's wax museum.[25] From November 2009 to July 2010, Kroes wrote a monthly column about her life for the Dutch edition of Marie Claire.[26] Kroes is signed by DNA Model Management.[27]

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.[28]

In September 2013, Kroes became the first model in history to appear on the cover of four international editions of Vogue in one month.[7][29]

In 2014, Kroes appeared in the new Calvin Klein Reveal Fragrance commercial alongside Charlie Hunnam, as well as continuing her long-standing contracts.[1] She also announced she ending her contract with Victoria's Secret after seven years of being with the brand. She has walked in the 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Shows. Kroes is considered one of the "New Supers" by Models.com.[30]

In 2016, Kroes was announced [31] as the spokes-model 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.

Acting career[edit]

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.[32]

Other activities[edit]

Kroes is actively involved with the non-profit organization Dance4Life, which uses song and dance to educate youth about HIV and AIDS prevention.[33] 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.[34][35]

Personal life[edit]

In 2009, Kroes started dating Dutch DJ Sunnery James Gorré.[36][37]. On 7 November 2010, she and Sunnery married in Eastermar.[38] The couple have two children: son Phyllon Joy Gorré (born January 2011)[39] and daughter Myllena Mae Gorré (born July 2014).[40] 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."[41][42]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Nova Zembla Catharina Plancius
2015 J'marche pas en arrière Woman Short film
2017 Wonder Woman Venelia[43]
2017 Justice League Venelia

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Herself - Model TV Special
2006 The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Herself - Model TV Special
2008 Valentino: The Last Emperor Herself - Model Documentary
2008 The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Herself - Model TV Special
2009 The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Herself - Model TV Special
2009–2011 RTL Boulevard Herself/Co-Host TV Series (4 episodes)
2011 The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Herself - Model TV Special
2012 The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Herself - Model TV Special
2013 Men Expert L'Oreal Herself Short Film
2013 RTL Late Night Herself TV Series (Episode: #1.84)
2014 The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Herself - Model TV Special

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ De Klerk, Amy (30 November 2016). "Why didn't Doutzen Kroes walk in the Victoria's Secret show?". Harper's Bazaar.
  3. ^ "Doutzen Kroes Model Profile". New York Magazine. Archived from the original on 1 January 2016.
  4. ^ a b Robehmed, Natalie (18 August 2014). "The World's Highest Paid Models". Forbes.com. Forbes. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  5. ^ "MODELS.com's New Supers". Models.com. Retrieved 4 December 2015. Victoria's Secret, L'Oreal, Miu Miu and every human with a pair of eyes and a pulse can't be wrong; Doutzen is the face of a generation. The meteoric rise of Ms. Kroes can be summed up in one word - destiny.
  6. ^ "MODELS.com's The Money Girls". MODELS.com. Retrieved 4 December 2015. Will the massive money jobs ever stop for the Dutch wonder called Doutzen? L'Oreal as far as the eye can see booked alongside that long running Victoria's Secret contract. She's like the Helen Of Troy of advertising.
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  10. ^ Strehlke, Sade (4 February 2015). "Q&A With Supermodel Doutzen Kroes". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 4 December 2015. I wanted to become a teacher like my mother, or a charity worker.
  11. ^ "Doutzen Kroes likes to enjoy life". DutchDailyNews.com. 4 June 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  12. ^ Krezic, Natasha (23 November 2012). "Interview: Doutzen Kroes for Vogue Netherlands December 2012". FabFashionFix.com. Retrieved 4 December 2015. Doutzen Kroes: “At home we always eat biological that is the way I am raised. My grandfather was the first biological farmer in Friesland, with pride he cycled with his trays of strawberries down the village. And my mother has done a training in food.”
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  15. ^ Official website.. Retrieved 16 March 2010.
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  27. ^ "Doutzen Kroes - Model Profile". nymag.com. Retrieved 8 February 2008.
  28. ^ Bonnie Fuller (25 February 2010). "Hooray! Skinny Models Booted out of Top Fashion Show and Replace by Victoria's Secret Angels!". Hollywood Life. Archived from the original on 5 April 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010.
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  37. ^ Carter, Dan Roy (29 September 2013). "25 years of dance music in the Netherlands: Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano". Dancing Astronaut. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  38. ^ "Doutzen Kroes in geheim getrouwd". De Telegraaf. 7 November 2010.
  39. ^ Michaud, Sarah (21 January 2011). "Doutzen Kroes Welcomes Son Phyllon Joy". Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  40. ^ Milligan, Lauren (30 July 2014). "Doutzen Welcomes Her Baby Girl". Vogue UK.
  41. ^ Klein, Alyssa Vingan (28 April 2014). "Doutzen Kroes Doesn't Want Her Daughter to Become a Model". Fashionista.com. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  42. ^ Kilcooley-O'Halloran, Scarlett (28 April 2014). "Doutzen Wants Daughter To Be Different". Vogue.co.uk. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  43. ^ Coggan, Devan (30 May 2017). "Wonder Woman: How real-life athletes united to populate the film's badass Amazon nation". Entertainment Weekly.

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