After seven years as a Victoria’s Secret angel, Doutzen Kroes is hanging up her wings – and the news comes just a few days after fellow supermodel Karlie Kloss quit working with the famous lingerie brand.
Taking to Instagram, Victoria’s Secret’s president and chief marketing officer, Ed Razek, addressed the blonde beauty’s departure.
“After I posted the news about Karlie Kloss leaving VS, I got a number of texts asking me why I hadn’t said anything about Doutzen leaving at the end of last year,” he captioned a picture of Doutzen.
“Fair question. The simple answer is I should have. Doutzen had a lucrative opportunity in Europe and it would have conflicted with her VS obligations. So, at her agency’s request, we released her from her contract.
“There was no conflict. No animosity. None of the nonsense I’ve read on Instagram. She had a great business opportunity, and I wanted to be fair to someone I adore and respect. That’s all.
“I honestly believe Doutzen is one of the most stunningly beautiful people in the world. And I always will. I have told her that many times. Now you know.”
Last week it was revealed that Karlie, 22, was leaving Victoria’s Secret after just two years to make time for upcoming projects.
The model had been one of the lingerie brand’s biggest stars since her 2011 debut in the annual show extravaganza and becoming an angel officially in 2013.
But Karlie decided that it is time to focus on other commitments.
Ed Razek, senior creative for Victoria’s Secret, said: “Karlie and I met several months ago to discuss the many things she hoped to do in her life and career. As we talked, it became clear she would not have the time to fulfil her myriad commitments.
“Reluctantly, we agreed she would leave the brand at the end of her contract. Karlie is one of a kind, a very close friend, someone I truly admire and love.
“She is, without question, one of the best models ever. But she is an even better person. Her future is unlimited, and I am excited to see all the good she will do. Karlie Kloss will always be an angel to me.”