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Doutzen Kroes Bio
Doutzen Kroes (born January 23, 1985) is a Dutch Frisian model and actress. She began her modelling career in 2003 in the Netherlands but quickly got sent by her agency to New York where she was cast, among other names, by lingerie giant Victoria’s Secret. She became an ‘Angel’ for the brand in 2008. She has been a brand ambassador and spokesperson for L’Oréal Paris for over 5 years. 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 (after Gisele Bündchen), estimated to have earned $8 million in one year. She is considered one of the “New Supers” and described as “Helen of Troy of advertising” by Models.com.
Unlike most fellow top models, Kroes got acquainted with the fashion world relatively late. Also, she’s one of few highly successful professional models who wasn’t discovered by any scouting agency. She got accepted at Paparazzi Model Management in Amsterdam after sending some of her holiday snaps. Her first breakthrough was when she was featured on cover of Vogue Italia in 2005. Steven Meisel shot her pictures for the cover. Just as she started her career as model for Victoria’s Secret, she was voted as “Model of The Year” on Vogue.com in the year 2005. The year 2013 was a significantly successful year for her modeling career. In September 2013, she appeared on covers of four international editions of Vogue, making her the first model/celebrity in the history. 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 9 Vogue covers, a count more than any other model, just in the year 2013.
Her first film debut was in Reinout Oerlemans‘, Nova Zembla, the first Dutch feature film in 3D, which was released in November 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.
Kroes described herself as a “tomboy” in her youth, although she applied to modeling agency Paparazzi Model Management in the Netherlands when she was older. The agency sent her to New York City, and after being cast a few times by Victoria’s Secret, they asked her to try out as an “angel”. When Kroes moved to New York from the Netherlands, she had never heard of the brand before.
Kroes has been featured on the covers of Time, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Seventeen, Elle, Marie Claire, Glamour, W, Avantgarde, Dazed & Confused, and Numéro. She also appears regularly in the Victoria’s Secret catalog and walked the runway of the company’s fashion show in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Kroes’s campaigns include Gucci, Tommy Hilfiger, Versace, Valentino, Blumarine and Calvin Klein for both their ‘White’ label and their fragrance ‘Eternity’. In 2005, Kroes was selected as “Model of The Year” on Vogue.com by readers. She was presented on the May 2007 cover of American Vogue as one of the “World’s Next Top Models” next to Chanel Iman among others. Along with several of these models, she appeared in the 2008 Pirelli Calendar.
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.
Kroes is in the official Frisian provincial campaign for the Frisian language, her mother tongue.
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 Obsession”. In September 2009, she signed to be the new face for Swiss cashmere label Repeat for two years.
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.
Kroes is signed by DNA Model Management.
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 2011, Kroes shot major campaigns for both L’Oreal and Tiffany & Co. In 2012, Kroes continued her work for L’Oreal, Tiffany & Co. and Victoria’s Secret, and appeared on the cover of numerous international editions of Vogue.
In 2013, Kroes appeared in campaigns for Victoria’s Secret, L’Oreal, H&M, Tiffany & Co., Miu Miu, Bruno Magli, and Emilio Pucci. 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 2013, Kroes appeared on nine Vogue covers, more than any other model that year.
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 she ending her contract with Victoria’s Secret after six 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.
On 24 November 2011, Kroes debuted in Reinout Oerlemans‘, Nova Zembla, the first Dutch 3D movie ever 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 2016 she was cast in Wonder Woman, as an Amazon warrior.
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