Thursday 21 September 2017

End of an era - Doutzen Kroes and Karlie Kloss hanging up their Victoria’s Secret Angel wings

Models Cara Delevingne and Karlie Kloss pose at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show hair and makeup room
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Model Karlie Kloss walks the runway at the Oscar De La Renta fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 on September 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - APRIL 14: Model Karlie Kloss arrives at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards at Sony Pictures Studios on April 14, 2013 in Culver City, California.
Model Doutzen Kroes attends the after party for the annual Victoria's Secret fashion show at Earls Court on December 2, 2014 in London, England.
Candice Swanepoel, Karlie Kloss and Alessandra Ambrosio
Karlie Kloss
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Doutzen Kroes and Karlie Kloss, two of the Victoria’s Secret’s most high profile models, will not be returning, the brand has confirmed.

Ed Razek, senior creative director for the lingerie conglomerate, has revealed that Karlie will be leaving the brand when her contract runs out later this year.

Karlie Kloss attends the 2015 amfAR New York Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on February 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
Karlie Kloss attends the 2015 amfAR New York Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on February 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Karlie has made the decision to leave the brand for the time being as she hopes to pursue her college education.

“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 fulfill her myriad commitments,” Razek posted on his Instagram account.

Karlie Kloss walks the runway wearing Bodysuit using Swarovski Crystals at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Karlie Kloss walks the runway wearing Bodysuit using Swarovski Crystals at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show

“Reluctantly, we agreed she would leave the brand at the end of her contract…Karlie Kloss will always be an Angel to me,” he poignantly stated

Ed added that Karlie, who hails from the Midwest, is “one of a kind, a very close friend and someone I truly admire and love….without question, one of the best models ever.”

Karlie Kloss
Karlie Kloss

The graceful 6’1” stunner has been with the brand since 2011. The 22-year-old recently told Vogue that she will be enrolling in New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study this autumn.

Also moving on from the brand that catapulted her to international fame is Dutch beauty Doutzen Kroes (30).

Doutzen Kroes walks the runway wearing Harness with Swarovski Crystals at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Doutzen Kroes walks the runway wearing Harness with Swarovski Crystals at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show

The mum-of-two quietly exited her contract in December 2014, Ed has confirmed.

“Doutzen had a lucrative opportunity in Europe and it would have conflicted with her VS obligations,” he said.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22: Model Doutzen Kroes attends the 30th Annual Night Of Stars presented by The Fashion Group International at Cipriani Wall Street on October 22, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22: Model Doutzen Kroes attends the 30th Annual Night Of Stars presented by The Fashion Group International at Cipriani Wall Street on October 22, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)

“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.”

“I honestly believe Doutzen is one of the most stunningly beautiful people in the world. And I always will,” he concluded.

Doutzen Kroes on the catwalk during the Victoria's Secret fashion show at Earls Court. Photo: PA
Doutzen Kroes on the catwalk during the Victoria's Secret fashion show at Earls Court. Photo: PA

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