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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. She has been a brand ambassador for L’Oréal Paris since 2006. 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. 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.
In 2013, she became the first model to land 4 different solo international covers of Vogue’s September issue in a single year.
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 September 2013, Kroes became the first model in history to appear on the cover of four international editions of Vogue in one month.
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 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.
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.
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.