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 quickly was sent by her agency to New York where she was cast by lingerie giant Victoria’s Secret. She became a Victoria’s Secret Angel for the brand in 2008. She has been a brand ambassador and spokesperson for L’Oréal Paris for over 10 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, estimated to have earned $8 million in one year. As of December 2015, she was ranked as one of the “New Supers” in the fashion industry and dubbed “Helen of Troy of advertising” by Models.com.
She signed with Paparazzi Model Management in Amsterdam after sending some of her holiday pictures. Her first breakthrough was when she was featured on the cover of Vogue Italia in 2005. Steven Meisel shot her pictures for the cover. Doutzen won “Model of The Year” on Vogue.com in the year 2005. The year 2013 was a significantly successful year for her modeling career. She became the first model/celebrity to land 4 different solo international covers of Vogue’s September issue in a single year. 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 8 Vogue covers, a count more than any other model, just in the year 2013. As of 2017, Kroes has appeared on 44 international covers of Vogue, which is more than any other model of her generation.
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.
In 2016, Kroes was announced 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.