Doutzen Kroes (West Frisian pronunciation born 23 January 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.Kroes described herself as a “tomboy” in her youth. She had never seriously considered modeling, but found herself launched into the business after sending 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 little job to make some pocket money. 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”.
In 2009 Kroes started dating Dutch DJ Sunnery James Gorré, who was born in Amsterdam to Surinamese parents On 15 July 2010, Kroes announced that she was pregnant with her first child by fiancé Sunnery James. On 7 November 2010, she and Sunnery James married in Eastermar. On 21 January 2011, Kroes gave birth to her first child, son Phyllon Joy Gorré. In February 2014 she announced her second pregnancy On 22 March 2014 it was revealed Kroes was expecting a baby girl. Myllena Mae Gorré was born on the morning of 30 July 2014.Both children were born in Amsterdam, Netherlands. In an interview (April 2014) on the future career 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.”
The family live together in New York and Amsterdam.
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