Victoria’s Secret is losing a lot of Angels this week. After announcing that Karlie Kloss would be trading in her VS wings for an education at NYU, the lingerie brand has also confirmed that Doutzen Kroes stepped down. The Dutch bombshell, who has been an Angel since 2008, actually gave up her VS duties quietly in December due to scheduling conflicts. Chief marketing officer of Victoria’s Secret, Ed Razek, confirmed Doutzen’s departure via Instagram.
He captioned the photo, “After I posted the news about @karliekloss leaving VS I got a number of texts asking me why I hadn’t said anything about Doutzen @doutzen leaving at the end of last year. 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 agencies [sic] request, we released her from 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.”
With both Karlie Kloss and Doutzen Kroes missing from Victoria’s Secret, there will be some pretty big wings to fill on this year’s VS runway.