Dutch supermodel and actor Doutzen Kroes has been a Victoria's Secret Angel and the face of L'Oréal Paris. Known as the Helen of Troy of advertising, she has also been dragged into controversies for promoting an unscientific liver cleanse diet and for her comments against the COVID-19 vaccine on Instagram.
Sylvia Hoeks was 14 when she started modeling. She later switched to acting and soared to fame after winning the Golden Calf for the Dutch film Duska. The star of films such as The Girl in the Spider's Web, she put on over 10 pounds of muscle for Blade Runner 2049.
Best known for her title role in the Emmanuelle series of soft-core erotica, Dutch actor Sylvia Kristel ran away from her strict Calvinist home in Utrecht to Amsterdam, where she took up odd jobs. She began modeling at 17 and won a couple of beauty pageants, before stepping into films full-time.
Dutch model Romee Strijd has been a Victoria's Secret Angel since 2015. She has also worked for brands like Alexander McQueen (brand), Michael Kors, and H&M. She began modeling as a teenager and has appeared in magazines, such as Vogue, Elle, and Maxim. She has also walked numerous runway shows for prominent designers. She is married with one child.
Apart from winning a Leopard Award at Locarno, Dutch actor Lotte Verbeek has also been nominated for a Golden Calf. Known for her love for strong female roles, she has also been trained as a circus performer. Her best-known role have come in Giulia Farnese in The Borgias.
Dutch model and TV personality Rebecca Loos soared to fame after her claim of having had an affair with British footballer David Beckham, whom she had served as a personal assistant briefly. She also created controversy for pleasuring a pig in a 10-minute scene on the show The Farm.
Dutch-born Stefanie Joosten initially studied Japanese language and culture at Leiden. Her interest later took her to Japan, where she began modeling. She voiced the character Quiet in a Metal Gear game in both its English and Japanese versions. She has also appeared in TV series, short films, and feature films.
A Bohemian style icon of the late 1960s, Dutch actor-model Talitha Getty was also the wife of oil magnate John Paul Getty Jr., who was one of the richest men of his time. She spent her childhood in a WWII Japanese prison camp and later studied acting at RADA in London.
Marcus Schenkenberg is a Swedish actor, television personality, model, and singer. Although he is best known for appearing in Calvin Klein advertisements, Schenkenberg is also famous for modeling for designers like Giorgio Armani, Versace, and Donna Karan. Schenkenberg is also a writer; he released a book titled Marcus Schenkenberg: New Rules in 1997.
Dutch-Indonesian model Annette Roque started her career under the pseudonym Jade Roque. She has also been the face of Revlon and is an equestrian who manages her own horse farm. She was in the news for her bitter divorce from TV journalist Matt Lauer, who was accused of sexual assault by multiple women.
Best remembered for her agency Wilhelmina Models, Dutch model Wilhelmina Cooper was the daughter of a German butcher and took to modeling after moving to the US. Known for her curvy figure and high cheekbones, she graced the cover of Vogue 28 times.
Reputed for her confident runway walk, Dutch fashion-model Yasmin Wijnaldum made her modelling debut during the 2014 Elite Model Look competition and bagged a contract with the Amsterdam branch of Elite Model Management. Moving on, she signed with Elite Worldwide and The Society, became face of Prada, walked for noted designers and made it to the cover page of Vogue Magazine.
Dutch supermodel Karen Mulder has not just been associated with iconic brands, such as Dior and Chanel but has also graced the cover of Vogue. She chanced upon modeling after a friend sent her photos to Elite without her knowledge. She once overdosed on sleeping pills, in an apparent suicide attempt.
Indonesian-born Laura Gemser moved to the Netherlands with her parents at age 4. After beginning her career as a nude model for men’s magazines, she later soared to fame with her appearances in the Black Emanuelle sexploitation films. She also created headlines for her romance and then for her marriage to co-star Gabriele Tinti.
After graduating with a communication degree, Touriya Haoud won a modeling contest and landed campaigns with brands such as Tommy Hilfiger. She later gained fame with a lead role in the series Heartbeat and appeared in movies such as Five Fingers. She was also previously married to actor Greg Vaughan.
Imaan Hammam is a Dutch model who holds the record for appearing on international Vogue covers for the most number of times for the year 2017. Although she is renowned for her association with Vogue, Hammam has also modeled for brands like Chanel, Versace, and Giorgio Armani among others. She has also walked the runways for almost all top brands.
Starting her modelling career at just 14, the Netherlands-born Turkish model and actress Melisa Asli Pamuk won the titles of "Best Promising" in Best Model of Turkey 2009 and the Miss Turkey 2011. She also made her mark in acting, playing lead roles in films like Dat zit wel snor, and television series like Kara Sevda and Çarpışma.
Sylvie van der Vaart is a Dutch model and TV personality based in Germany. Sylvie has appeared in famous TV shows like Das Supertalent and Let's Dance, becoming a household name in Germany. In 2012, the government of Bavaria honored her with the prestigious Bayerischer Fernsehpreis. She is among many Dutch personalities to have found success and fame in Germany.
Sanne Vloet was 14 when she was scouted by a modeling agent. The Swiss-born Dutch beauty grew up in Zimbabwe and the Netherlands and has been featured in magazines such as Vogue and Marie Claire. A Victoria's Secret model, she owns a lifestyle YouTube channel and a skincare range.
Frederique van der Wal is a Dutch former model best known for her work with Victoria's Secret. She has also appeared on the covers of popular magazines like Cosmopolitan and Vogue. Frederique van der Wal is also credited with creating a lifestyle brand named Frederique’s Choice and was honored with the Marie Claire Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2011.
Dutch supermodel of the 1990s, Mark Vanderloo is best known as the face of Hugo Boss. Initially a bartender, he was later signed on to Wilhelmina Models. He won honors such as VH1’s Male Model of the Year and became the first male model to be featured on the cover of Marie Claire.
Rosalie van Breemen is a Dutch former journalist, supermodel, and TV presenter. She is best known for appearing in popular TV shows, such as Holland's Next Topmodel. Her professional life was largely overshadowed by her personal counterpart, which includes her relationship with French actor Alain Delon. She is the mother of popular French-Dutch actress Anouchka Delon.
Azra Akin is a Turkish-Dutch model, actress, dancer, and beauty queen. In December 2002, Akin was crowned Miss World in London, which gained her international recognition. Her popularity increased in 2010 when she won Yok Boyle Dans, the Turkish equivalent of Dancing with the Stars. Akin has also appeared as a judge in several editions of the Miss World pageant.
Angela Visser is a Dutch actress, beauty queen, and model who won the the Miss Universe pageant in 1989. After her reign, Angela Visser returned to the pageant as a color commentator. She then went on to appear in many popular TV series like Beverly Hills, 90210, Baywatch, and Friends.
Catharina Lodders is a Dutch beauty queen and model best known for winning the Miss World pageant in 1962, thus becoming the second woman from the Netherlands to win the prestigious title after Corine Rottschafer in 1959. In 1962, Catharina Lodders was also crowned Miss Holland before her participation in the Miss International pageant where she was the third Runner-up.
Anna Drijver was six when she began her classical ballet lessons and was already modeling by 14. Known for films such as Bride Fight and series such as Heirs of the Night and Undercover, she is also a podcast maker and a novelist. She also supports the UNHCR and works for displaced people.
Patricia Paay is a Dutch television personality, singer, glamour model, and radio host. She is best known for her musical career and has released popular albums like Beam of Light. In 1984, she became the first glamour model to pose for the Dutch edition of Playboy. Paay posed for Playboy for the third time in 2009 when she was 60!
Jill Kortleve is a Dutch fashion model who became the first plus-size model to walk the Chanel runway at Paris Fashion Week in 2020, since Crystal Renn in 2010. She has also walked for other designers like Michael Kors, Alexander McQueen, and Kate Spade. An internationally recognized model, Kortleve has also appeared on the cover of various editions of Vogue.
Famke Louise is a Dutch singer, YouTuber, and model who achieved national recognition in 2018 when she appeared in the reality TV program, Expeditie Robinson. In 2019, she became the first person to win the FunX Music Award for Artist of the Year–Female. In 2020, Louise made an attempt to expose the Chinese fur industry through her documentary, Bont Girl.
Ancilla van de Leest is a Dutch former fetish model, presenter, producer, and activist. She appeared in the Dutch edition of the famous Playboy magazine on a couple of occasions before establishing herself as a popular fetish model, specializing in corsets, latex clothes, stockings, and high heels. She then quit her modeling career and became a politician.
Yolanthe Cabau is a Spanish-Dutch model, actress, and television host. Renowned for her good looks, Cabau was named Sexiest Dutch Woman by FHM magazine in 2006, 2007, and 2009. Cabau is also known for her humanitarian efforts; she is credited with co-founding an organization named Stop Kindermisbruik, which aims at stopping child sexual abuse and preventing children from becoming prostitutes.
Rianne Van Rompaey is a Dutch fashion model who is highly regarded by industry experts all over the world. She has appeared on the covers of various Vogue editions. Rianne Van Rompaey has also modeled for popular brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Versace, Prada, and Hugo Boss among others. Her beauty is often described as pre-Raphaelite.
Initially a model, Daphne Deckers has hosted shows such as Big Brother and been part of movies like All Stars and Tomorrow Never Dies. She has also penned columns for newspapers and weeklies and published books, one of which was adapted into a hit film, Life as It Should Be.
Daphne Groeneveld is a Dutch supermodel who was honored at the 2011 Marie Claire Netherlands Fashion Awards where she was named Best Dutch Model. Over the years, Groeneveld has appeared on the cover pages of various editions of Vogue, Elle, and Numéro. Being a supermodel, Daphne Groeneveld has walked for Chanel, Gucci, Dior, Prada, and Louis Vuitton among others.
Saskia van Uylenburg was the wife of the popular Golden Age painter, draughtsman, and printmaker Rembrandt van Rijn. Saskia also served as Rembrandt's muse and modeled for some of his etchings, paintings, and drawings. Today, statues of Saskia and Rembrandt can be seen in Amsterdam.
Bregje Heinen is a Dutch actress and fashion model best known for her association with Victoria's Secret. Heinen has also modeled for popular brands like Prada, Guess, Versace, and Just Cavalli. She has also walked the runway for world-renowned designers like Alexander McQueen, Karl Lagerfeld, and Donna Karan. In 2019, she played Tatiana in the critically acclaimed film The Assistant.
Hendrickje Stoffels was the mistress of popular Golden Age painter, draughtsman, and printmaker Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. Although there is no evidence to suggest that Hendrickje posed as a model for Rembrandt's paintings, it is widely believed that she might have served as Rembrandt's muse and model for many of his artworks. Hendrickje Stoffels has been portrayed in many films.
Saskia de Brauw is a Dutch fashion model and artist who has appeared on various editions of Vogue, Elle, and Numéro among many other magazines. She has also walked the runways for several popular designers and brands. Saskia de Brauw is also an acclaimed photographer whose photographs have been displayed at the National Museum of Scotland.
Yfke Sturm is a Dutch model, television host, and author. Sturm achieved fame at a young age when she earned exclusive contracts with Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren after winning the International Elite Model Look Contest at the age of 15. She then worked with Victoria's Secret before becoming a TV host for shows like Holland's Next Top Model.
Born in Zagreb, Yugoslavia (present-day Croatia), Tatjana Šimić moved to the Netherlands at 16. Best known for her performance as Kees Flodder in the movie Flodder and its sequels, she also played the part in the Flodder TV series. She has also released hit tracks such as Ik Laat Je Gaan.
Corine Rottschäfer was a Dutch beauty queen and model who achieved popularity in 1959 when she became the first woman from the Netherlands to win the Miss World pageant. Prior to her participation in the Miss World pageant, Rottschäfer had won the Miss Europe pageant in 1957. She is also credited with founding Corine's Agency, Netherlands' first professional model agency.
Daniella van Graas is a Dutch cover girl, fashion model, and actress. Over the years, she has worked with world-renowned brands like L'Oréal, Maybelline, Armani Jeans, Pantene, and Pepsi to name a few. As an actress, Daniella van Graas has played supporting roles in movies like Perfect Stranger and Girl Most Likely.
Best known as the winner of Holland’s Next Top Model, Kim Feenstra is partially deaf. She was convicted of theft in her early days, and it is believed she worked as a sex worker before joining modeling. Fans loved her in the movies In Love with Ibiza and Mannenharten.
Josephus Thimister was a Dutch fashion designer and interior decorator best remembered for founding his fashion label, THIMISTER, in 1997. Regarded as one of the best fashion designers of the 21st century, Thimister was credited with reviving the Balenciaga fashion house with his modernist vision. Josephus Thimister committed suicide at the age of 57.
Miss Universe Netherlands 2013, Stephanie Tency later became an assistant on the Dutch version of Wheel of Fortune. The model had initially gained fame after winning the Miss North Holland pageant. She has also appeared in films such as Hartenstrijd and owns the production company Tency Productions.
Dutch model Patricia van der Vliet was placed fourth in the fourth cycle of Holland's Next Top Model. She has walked the ramp for Louis Vuitton and Prada and has been featured on magazines such as Elle and Vogue.
Percy Irausquin was an Aruban-born Dutch couturier and fashion designer who came to be known as one of the most promising and talented designers in the Netherlands. Percy Irausquin's work was showcased on the cover pages of popular Dutch and international magazines like Elle and Marie Claire. He died at the age of 39 after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage.
Ymre Stiekema is a Dutch model best known for her participation in the world's most prestigious international modeling contest, Elite Model Look, which is credited with discovering top models like Stephanie Seymour and Cindy Crawford among others. Ymre Stiekema took part in the contest in April 2008 in Prague.