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Doutzen Kroes is a Frisian model and actress, and a former Victoria's Secret Angel, also famous for her performance as Catharina Plancius in the first Dutch feature film in 3D - Nova Zembla.

Model Doutzen Kroes prepares at the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show hair and make-up room at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 13, 2013 in New York City.
(Photo : Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret) Model Doutzen Kroes prepares at the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show hair and make-up room at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 13, 2013 in New York City.
  1. Ranked #2 in the Forbes top-earning models list of the year 2014, with an estimated earnings of $8 million, following another famous model Gisele Bundchen.
  2. She was voted as #9 by models.com in the list of Top Sexiest Models.
  3. Amsterdam branch of Madame Tussaud's wax museum has a wax figure of the model.
  4. Her resume includes the covers of Time, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Seventeen, Elle, Marie Claire, Glamour, W, Avantgarde, Dazed & Confused, and Numéro.
  5. Born on January 23, 1985 in Oostermeer, Friesland, Netherlands.
  6. Her nickname is Doutzy and is often known by this name in the fashion industry.
    Doutzen Kroes walks in the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 13, 2013 in New York City.
    (Photo : Randy Brooke/WireImage) Doutzen Kroes walks in the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 13, 2013 in New York City.
  7. Her father is Johan Kroes is a psychotherapist and mother Geartsje Leistra, was a nurse, then a teacher.
  8. She has younger sister Rens, a nutritionist, who wants to become a singer-songwriter.
  9. Before becoming a model, she wanted to be a professional speed skater. This was because; both her parents were champion speed skaters in the 1970s.
  10. At her young age, she always felt herself to be more 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. It was a different world, I realize now,” she once said.
  11. Even today she often says that “I don't care about my looks, the fear is about who I AM.”
  12. She applied for a chance to modeling agency Paparazzi Model Management in the Netherlands, when she was 18 years, in the hope of extra pocket money in the year 2003.
  13. The agency sent her to New York City, where she was case a few times by the famous Victoria’s Secret.
  14. About her experience in travelling to New York City for the first time, she said “I felt super-young coming from the north of Holland, and I went to Amsterdam only once before I went to New York. It was a really big adventure to go there.”
  15. She had never heard about Victoria’s Secret, before she signed up to work for the brand.
    Model Doutzen Kroes walks the runway at the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 13, 2013 in New York City.
    (Photo : Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret) Model Doutzen Kroes walks the runway at the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 13, 2013 in New York City.
  16. Kroes has been walking the runway of Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show since 2005 to 2009 and 2011 to 2014.
  17. 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.
  18. Her first break through was when she was featured on cover of Italian Vogue. Steven Meisel shot her pictures for the cover.
  19. She became the face of the Calvin Klein fragrance “Eternity” by replacing Christy Turlington.
  20. J.J.M. Jansen directed a Frisian documentary about her life as model in 2006 and was based on Kroes show at Milan Fashion Week and also her thoughts on modeling industry.
  21. In 2007, she was named as one of the “World’s Next Top Models” by the American Vogue.
  22. She is on contract with L’Oreal, a cosmetics and beauty company. As a teenager, Kroes says that she didn’t know what a hairdryer was.
  23. She met music producer and DJ Greg Andrews, known as DJ Ruckus, in 2007 and started dating him. The relationship did not last long and they separated in August 2009.
  24. She likes to speak in West Frisian, her mother tongue and is also in the official Frisian provincial campaign for the Frisian language.
  25. In August 2008, she was confirmed to be one of the Victoria’s Secret Angels and her first campaign as an Angel was “Supermodel Obsession.”
  26. She ranked #21 in the 2009 Askmen list of the top 99 "Most Desirable" women.
    Model Doutzen Kroes walks the runway during the 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Earl's Court Exhibition Centre on December 2, 2014 in London, England.
    (Photo : Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret) Model Doutzen Kroes walks the runway during the 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Earl's Court Exhibition Centre on December 2, 2014 in London, England.
  27. To stay in shape for her fashion shows, the model practices jumping rope, speed-skating, and shadow boxing. Her hobbies also include ice-skating and surfing.
  28. She takes the help of a personal trainer Michael Olajide, around 3 times a week.
  29. She feels guilty that she makes some girls feel insecure and that her job can have detrimental effects on young girls’ self esteem. “Sometimes it makes me feel guilty now that I am in this profession that makes certain girls insecure,” she once said. “I always say, I don’t look like the picture... If you put me in bad light with no hair and makeup, it’s not good. I wake up sometimes like, this is not what I see when I look at the magazine, who is this visitor in the bathroom?”
  30. She met producer cum DJ artist Sunnery James and started dating him in the year 2009. The duo met at Veronica Sunset Grooves Festival in Netherlands.
    Sunnery James and model Doutzen Kroes attend CFDA and Vogue 2013 Fashion Fund Finalists Celebration at Spring Studios on November 11, 2013 in New York City.
    (Photo : Mireya Acierto/Getty Images) Sunnery James and model Doutzen Kroes attend CFDA and Vogue 2013 Fashion Fund Finalists Celebration at Spring Studios on November 11, 2013 in New York City.
  31. She became the new face of Repeat, a Swiss cashmere label and signed a contract for 2 years.
  32. She wrote a monthly column about her life from November 2009 to July 2010 for the Dutch edition of Marie Claire.
  33. In February 2010, she walked the runway for Prada with fellow Angels Alessandra Ambrosio and Miranda Kerr.
  34. Bonnie Fuller, former editor-in-chief of Glamour, Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire magazines, praised Prada for using Kroes for the show.
  35. After more than a year’s relationship, Kroes and James tied the knot in her hometown. She was pregnant when she married James on November 7, 2010.
  36. Kroes, for her marriage, requested all the invitees to contribute to the charitable organizations like WWF and Dance4Life, instead of gifting the newly wed.
    Model Doutzen Kroes attends the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California.
    (Photo : Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images) Model Doutzen Kroes attends the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California.
  37. 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.
  38. She is also one of the supporters of Wildlife Conservation and World Wildlife Fund.
  39. She gave birth to her son Phyllon Joy Gorré on January 21, 2011. She was around 25 at the time, and took a break for nine months from her career.
  40. Since 2011, she has shot major campaigns for L'Oreal and Tiffany & Co and has been on the covers of international editions of Vogue.
  41. Her first film debut was in Reinout Oerlemans', Nova Zembla, the first Dutch 3D movie ever made, which was released in November 2011. The movie is a historical drama that is based on the last journey of Willem Barentsz and Jacob van Heemskerk through 1596-1597.
  42. In September 2013, she appeared on covers of four international editions of Vogue, making her the first model in the history.
  43. She has been attending acting classes in New York City for some years and has even expressed her plans to act in more movies.
  44. Kroes was ranked #55 in Askmen's 2013 list of the “Top 99 Most Desirable Women.”
  45. She has been featured on a total of 9 Vogue covers, a count more than any other model, just in the year 2013.
  46. She along with Charlie Hunnam appeared in the new Calvin Klein Reveal Fragrance commercial, continuing her long-standing contract.
  47. Kroes and James welcomed their baby daughter, Myllena Mae Gorre on July 30, 2014.
    Doutzen Kroes, Sunnery James and Phyllon Joy Gorre are seen in Soho on October 5, 2013 in New York City.
    (Photo : Alo Ceballos/WireImage) Doutzen Kroes, Sunnery James and Phyllon Joy Gorre are seen in Soho on October 5, 2013 in New York City.
  48. She ended her contract with Victoria’s Secret in 2014, and parted ways with the brand after six full years.
  49. She received a booked ticket on the very first Dutch commercial space flight in the year 2014.

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