Doutzen Kroes wants her daughter ‘to study & have different aspirations’

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Here are some photos of my favorite model, Doutzen Kroes, at the NYC screening of The Other Woman last Thursday. She’s very pregnant! Doutzen is expecting her second child with husband Sunnery James – they already have a son, Phyllon Joy Gorré, and this time around they are expecting a daughter. Doutzen announced that a few months ago, and I’m so pleased for her. Doutzen manages to balance the supermodel thing with the mom thing in a much more low-key way than, say, Miranda Kerr. Doutzen gets pap’d, of course, but she seems to enjoy a relatively undercover lifestyle and I really don’t know that much about her, which I like.

Another reason why I love Doutzen? Because she’s always very realistic about modeling. She’s not one of those “I woke up this way” models, nor is she trying to convince us that she loves French fries and chocolate. Doutzen is honest about the demands and superficiality of her job, and she’s always tried to tell the truth to impressionable young girls. So how does Doutzen feel now that she’s got a little girl on the way?

Model Doutzen Kroes says her daughter doesn’t have to follow in her footsteps.

The pregnant Dutch stunner, who’s expecting a girl with hubby Sunnery James, told us, “Instead of saying, ‘You’re so beautiful,’ I’ll say, ‘You’re smart,’ so she’ll have different aspirations in life than beauty and modeling. Though I love my job, I’m not changing the world. I’d love for her to study and to have different aspirations. We need to teach girls they can become presidents, and it’s not about beauty all the time.”

[From Page Six]

I like that. Maybe I’m wrong, but Doutzen just seems like a real person who happens to be a supermodel. She doesn’t want her daughter to inherit a legacy of “looking good in a bikini” (although, let’s face it, her daughter will look great in a bikini). Education, intellectual ambitions, good citizenship, compassion… all things that are more important than looks. Hopefully.

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Photos courtesy of WENN, Vogue Japan cover.

 

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  1. Mimz says:

    She’s stunning, smart and realistic.
    Love her. And that cover is amazing. Good Lord.

  2. paola says:

    I love her for saying this. She has a more honest approach to the shallowness of her job.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Very refreshing.

    • Audrey says:

      I love it too. I realized that for a while, I was telling my daughter that she was beautiful etc instead of smart (which was normal and not doing much beyond pooping and sleeping).

      But I felt the same way, I want this truly gorgeous girl to value her mind rather than focusing on her looks. So yes I still let her know that she’s lovely, but I make sure to praise her intelligence and accomplishments more. She’s more than her looks and I want her to know that, especially since I see so many superficial and materialistic people around me.

      I’m glad she feels the same and is reminding people to teach your kids the importance of their minds

  3. AG-UK says:

    She is lovely and I think that’s the Dutch sensiblity, very pragamatic, also her son is such a cutie.

  4. Littlewood says:

    I love her! She seems like one of the few supermodels who’s not narcissistic and has a brain. She does a lot for charity (one that focuses on education and not just throwing money and posing for pictures), she has spoken out for and supports laws to protect young girls in her industry, she posts pictures of herself without make-up all the time on her Instagram, she talks about how much she works to maintain her body and the importance of healthy nutrition, she one of the few models that doesn’t smoke, she even admitted that she wouldn’t look the way she does if she didn’t have the job she has and didn’t get all the help she does and she doesn’t rub it in anybody’s face. And let’s not forget she’s incredibly successful in both High Fashion and commercial work and didn’t need a famous boyfriend to get there, while remembering where she came from and goes home to the Netherlands quite often.
    I really don’t understand how girls like Miranda Kerr (Mrs. Narcissism) and Cara Develigne (fun girl but wouldn’t have become a model if her mother wasn’t friends with important people in the industry) are getting more press and attention then her. Victoria’s Secret better treat her right when the next show comes!

    • Isadora says:

      I agree with everything you said, but I think it’s good (and also the way she wants it) that she doesn’t get as much attention as Miranda Kerr or Cara Delevingne. I think she has now the perfect balance between having enough PR for her job and not so much that it interferes with her private life.

      I wish her all the best. And though she seems to be rather smart, I have to say it: she’s incredibly beautiful.

  5. maynot says:

    I think she’s very classy. A rare quality in modelling world.

  6. Miss D says:

    Many models think like her. Nothing new.

  7. littlemissnaughty says:

    I love her approach. It’s “I look like this because I’m a model and I have to.” instead of “I’m a model because I just happen to look like one.” That’s quite a difference and I love that message.

    She does look fantastic.

  8. Frida_K says:

    She’s so pretty. She’s my favorite too!

    I didn’t remember that she was pregnant again. Her little boy is darling and I’m sure that the new baby will be just as adorable.

    :)

  9. Ashley says:

    I love her but I think she has a very Dutch mentality which is a good thing.

  10. BendyWindy says:

    Good for her. I have an 8 month old daughter who is stunningly gorgeous. She’s biracial (as if that matters!) with blonde hair, blue eyes and skin the color of warm honey. We get stopped by people going gaga over her literally every time we leave the house. And that’s wonderful. But I am training myself not to constantly say, “You’re so pretty!” Or “You’re beautiful.” And if I do catch myself saying that she’s beautiful, I also add that’s she’s intelligent and generous and kind. Well, with any luck, she will be.

    • Audrey says:

      Yes I get stopped constantly over my 1 year old. She has the most beautiful big brown and grey eyes with copper hair. I hear a lot that she should be in magazines(not that she has the temperament for it).

      I’m making sure to focus on more too. I’m glad that she’s so pretty but I want people to see more than that from her

    • Claire says:

      My daughter is the same. She is coming on ten and has won the looks jackpot. I am always asked to get her into modelling, which she seems keen on, but I am not sure if its right really. I don’t want her exposed to such scrutiny so early. Not sure if its a healthy industry.

  11. Tania says:

    I love doutzen. She the whole package for me. And has an incredibly handsome husband and cute son.