**model of the moment: doutzen kroes


Every design reveals a meaning or an attitude, even if unintentionally, for every design is tied by its very existence to the reality for which it was created. Thus, having good style requires both attitude and raw aesthetic appeal, for the beauty of the clothes must function within the reality of our individual lives. Similarly, the appeal of a good model more often results from an attitude than from her appearance or aesthetic alone. Among the countless models strutting down the runways or appearing for casting calls, there is no shortage of cut-and-dry beauty. The attitude of a model, much like the formation of a design, reveals the reality in which she herself chooses to exist.

For the modern woman, there are so many attitudes from which to chose, both in life and in our wardrobes, as evidenced by the multitude and variety of designs that fashion designers send down the runway each season. From the edgy-cool antics of Alexander Wang to the enduring "low-key collegiate funk" of Marc by Marc Jacobs (Style.com), at the heart of any style exists not just a look but a way of life, and the options are seemingly endless. Gone are the days when women (or men for that matter) must play out some limited persona. If the late 60's were free-spirited, or the early 90's rebellious, then today every attitude seems to be available at once. Style and attitude today are less a pervasive generational obligation and more a personal choice. Among the prepsters or beach babes or high-fashion goths, one attitude stands out to me of late. Let's call it modern elegance, or grace and composure viewed under a fresh light.

As the poster-girl for such a movement, I've selected Doutzen Kroes, a long-standing Victoria's Secret model, but nonetheless, a woman combining a rather nice attitude with her stellar looks. In a world of glossy self-promotion and exhaustive PR efforts, Doutzen Kroes is gracious in her honesty and composed in the most serene way. She's one of the few models to acknowledge the guilt she feels about her unique and inordinately paid job, while nevertheless admitting to possess an unquenchable desire to beat out the competition in her quest to rise to the top. She'll admit to a real-life workout routine, the tiresome pace of fashion week work hours, and the frustration of back-to-back fittings. She willingly acknowledges, similarly, travel and opportunity as amazing benefits in an exclusive and rarefied field of occupation. In other words, Doutzen is a real human being, vulnerable to the trials and tribulations that other more glamorous models may choose, in their own interviews, to omit. With Doutzen honesty never comes across as crass or rude, offering a reminder that an open conversation does not have to be a defensive one.

Upholding elegance does not mean to denigrate, by comparison, the delightfully rocker appeal of Kate Moss or the sweetly original girlishness of Lindsey Wixson. Elegance today is simply another alternative, a choice made in a world of seemingly endless possibilities. Modern elegance exists separate from the ironic or rebellious, but it is by no means a condemnation of such. I once read an article describing a girl as being "so classy you could take her anywhere." Doutzen Kroes, with her gracious attitude and breathtaking beauty, perfectly embodies this ideal. You can imagine her being composed, graceful, and elegant, no matter the scene. Doutzen's showcard...



I love that Doutzen Kroes, who grew up in the Netherlands, submitted her own photos to a local modeling agency. Most successful models are recruited by modeling scouts, but there's something to be said for knowing what you want and going for it.

Early Calvin Klein ads...



Doutzen Kroes has appaeared on the covers of Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Elle, and has starred in campaigns for Calvin Klein, Valentino, and Tiffany's. In 2005, Doutzen was named model of the year by Vogue.com readers, and in 2007, she was selected by US Vogue as one of the world's next top models. While she got her start modeling for Victoria's Secret, her editorial work has made Doutzen an interesting model beyond the world of swimwear and lingerie alone.

Editorials...

In Elle France September 2012, photographed Alex Cayley...




In MUSE Fall 2011, photographed by Lachlan Bailey...






On the cover of Numéro China December 2011, photographed by Tiziano Magni...


This is my favorite Doutzen editorial by far... in Harper's Bazaar US March 2012, photographed by Daniel Jackson...









In Elle Russia June 2012, photographed by Thiemo Sander...







In Vogue Paris October 2012, photographed by Inez and Vinoodh...









In Vogue Netherlands December 2012, photographed by Patrick Demarchelier...




On the cover of Vogue Korea March 2013, photographed by Daniele Duella and Iango Henzi...


On the cover of Vogue Nippon April 2013, photographed by Mikael Jansson...


A few personal style pics from red carpet events...





With model Coco Rocha...


A brief interview...


P.S. Get more Doutzen Kroes on Twitter and Instagram.

(Photo credits: Fashion Gone Rogue, The Fashion Spot, SUPERMODELS, DNA Model Management, Beauty Sweet Spot, Coco Rocha's Twitter, Source Unknown)

25 comments:

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Samiya said...

Great post! There's no other why to describe Doutzen!
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Monja said...

Doutzen!!! she's soooo beautiful! xo

livlovelaugh said...

Wow....she's beautiful

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Isa said...

She does have such a delicate feminine look about her, doesn't she.

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Mar said...

Shes not one of my favourites but is definetely super gorgeous. Her face is so cute she looks like a doll. I love the Numéro ed and the CK ads.

Love x

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Nesrin Bozlak said...

Beautiful! I really like this post. Doutzen is definitely an amazing model! Her parents are living nearby my town.

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GlamorousGirl said...

love this!
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Zoe Alexander UK said...

Beautiful selection of photos! She is so versatile!
Zoe xxx

Borjana said...

Ohh this looks amazing,honey,well done!
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Milly said...

Such an exquisitely beautiful girl and her body is so ripped!

Frank Vinyl said...

i really love her she is so natural looking and has a real womans body.

so gorgeous!!

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Olga said...

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Milex said...

It's everything and more.

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Francesca Giusti said...

love her style and also your blog! It's so nice!!! I follow you!
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Kiwi said...

I adore her so much! She's beyond perfect!

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Jessie said...

Such raw beauty.

Katta said...

You are such an amazing person. I can't describe those feelings, whenn I'm on your blog. But it is absolutely awesome. I just can't get enough of your inspirations. Simply perfect <3

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Monja said...

doutzen is perfect! xo

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