Doutzen Kroes is a Dutch supermodel, actress and activist. Born in the small town of Eastermar, in the northern region of Friesland, Netherlands, Doutzen rose to prominence as a fashion model, having represented some of the industry’s most illustrious brands. For over a decade, Doutzen has served as a global beauty ambassador for cosmetic giant, L’Oreal Paris and was an “Angel” for Victoria’s Secret for seven years. Doutzen has been the face of two Calvin Klein fragrances, Eternity and Reveal, and has appeared in international advertising campaigns for Tiffany &Co., Calvin Klein White Label, Gucci, Versace, Valentino, Blumarine, H&M and Samsung. Additionally, Doutzen has graced the covers of American, Italian, French, Japanese, German, Spanish and Dutch editions of Vogue, as well as Harper’s Bazaar, Numero, Marie Claire, and Glamour.
In 2011, Doutzen made her acting debut in Holland’s first ever 3-D film, Nova Zembla, and this summer, appeared in the global box-office sensation Wonder Woman, as one of the Amazon warriors. She’ll reprise her role in Justice League when it opens in cinemas in 2018.
The mother of two young children, Doutzen has been actively involved with supporting not only environmental causes, but since 2012, she has been a vocal supporter of the Dutch non-profit, Dance4Life, which educates young people about HIV and AIDS prevention through dance music, and has helped to expand its mission across Europe and Africa.
In 2016, Doutzen became the global ambassador of #KnotOnMyPlanet, a social media campaign designed to raise awareness and funds for the Elephant Crisis Fund, a revolutionary new conservation tool that uses 100% of all donations to fund over 120 programs in 26 African countries to fight poaching, ivory trafficking and raise awareness on the African elephant slaughter. By rallying her friends in the fashion industry as well as her 6 million followers on Instagram and Twitter, Doutzen was instrumental in bringing instant international attention to #KnotOnMyPlanet, which to date has raised $3 million USD to support ECF and has had over 1.5 billion impressions across social media platforms. Snapchat designed an elephant filter for the launch of the campaign that was used over 300 million times in 24 hours, and many conservationists highlight the outpouring of support across social and traditional media as being instrumental in China, one of the world’s largest importers of ivory, announcement to ban all ivory trade and processing activities by the end of 2017.
This year marks Doutzen’s first time participating in the One Young World global conference.