Doutzen Kroes: Too Fat for Fashion


The above question is one that, shamefully, I have asked myself. At a healthy size 8 (& bigger in the bust) one can feel rather invisible in the fashion world. Browse your average street style blog and note that nearly all subjects are a 4 and under. Sadly, the fashion eye is just trained to seek out skinny silhouettes, so thick (or even just average) girls are hard-pressed to shine through the industry’s carb-starved goggles. But when a model like Doutzen Kroes is told that she needs to lose weight, it’s more than sad – it’s downright scary! The subject of body image was discussed at a pre-NYFW panel, hosted by CFDA at Milk Studios yesterday.

Doutzen Kroes made a decision to take her career in a different direction because she didn’t want to starve herself. “I probably fit the sample size once, when I was eleven or twelve. It became a problem — I was always told lots of times that I should lose weight. It was a thing, ‘You look great, but you should probably lose a few pounds,'” Kroes explained. “That kept going on until I was about 22, and when I was like, ‘This is crazy,’ because I would look in the mirror and I like the way I look.” So Kroes met with her agents: “What we called now a so-called ‘ass meeting,’ because I have one, I have one. It was there, and you know I could maybe get rid of it, I had a choice, not eat maybe for weeks.”

Unlike many models, Kroes had the luxury to choose which direction she wanted to take her career. “I think this is what a lot of girls don’t have now — they have to go back to poor countries if they don’t fit the sample sizes and I hope that after what I’ve done, I’ve chosen that I want to have a healthy lifestyle with the body that I have and work around it and I hope there will be more opportunity for girls to have a choice like that,” she added. In fact, she credits food to her success. “When you don’t eat, you get grumpy, you don’t feel good. So how can you have joy in what you’re doing? And I have that joy and I think that’s what clients see and that’s why I work for two huge global brands. They like working with me, and it’s because I’m eating! There are naturally skinny girls, but not all of them and I’m not one of them.”

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7 Responses to “Doutzen Kroes: Too Fat for Fashion”

  1. fashioncords says:

    I am glad somebody is finally standing up against the starved look that has been normalized for models.

    Lets face it,if animals looked as thin as the models,their owners would be procecuted!

    Women are supposed to have round shapes!

  2. The size zero look is sick and im glad to see people stand up against it aswell.

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  4. curvy 8 too says:

    Dear Doutzen ~ Kudos to you!! I’ve been a curvy size 8 forever…athletic, toned and curvy….and I’m told I’m gorgeous. But, I have always struggled with my body image. I’ve always felt like I should be skinnier, tinier, etc….you give me the courage to accept myself and my beauty type just the way I am. Thank you for being amazingly gorgeous and such a wonderful role model!! :) xoxoxxx

  5. Matysgirl_21 says:

    skinny girls should seek to look as good as doutzen does, i would never think she’s fat, not even overweight.
    I’m curvy too, and sometimes i feel i’m somewhere fat. and i hate the fact that my skinny friends are like “you have such a great body, i wish i had your curves” and i struggle. I’m tonned and confident about my curves but sometimes the fashion industry makes you feel like you were such a pig when you’re a beautiful gazzelle.

  6. Hinke Vanderveen says:

    She’s gorgeous!  Anybody who would call her fat is either blind, stupid or jealous!

  7. Samiya says:

    I love Doutzen! She’s not ‘too fat for fashion’ but she is curvy, slim and curvy.
    And because of her curves she is not able to fit in the sample clothes, but that’s not a problem considering she has 3 or 4 different million dollar contracts! 
    And her body is amazing, but it will be a problem for her in ‘High Fashion’.

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