Two more Victoria’s Secret Angels have left the flock. Karlie Kloss made the biggest news last Friday, leaving the world’s largest lingerie brand to pursue a degree at New York University while maintaining her modeling career and business interests.
Now we learn that Doutzen Kroes also left the Victoria’s Secret gaggle of Angels in late December to pursue a ‘lucrative business opportunity in Europe. Like with Kloss, Ed Razek, Chief Marketing Officer of VS, stressed that there was no conflict. Doutzen Kroes now has two children with husband Sunnery James: their son Phyllon and new daughter Myllena. Razek wrote on his Instagram account:
Doutzen had a lucrative opportunity in Europe and it would have conflicted with her VS obligations. So, at her agencies 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.
The third Victoria’s Secret Angel to depart the brand is Lindsay Ellingson, who is launching a cosmetics line called Wander Beauty that will debut on the QVC television channel in April 2015. Ellingson’s business partner Divya Gugnani graduated from the Harvard business school and used to work at QVC. Gugnani is the co-founder of Send the Trend, a NY based startup that was acquired by QVC in 2012.
Previously: Karlie Kloss
Victoria’s Secret has confirmed the loss of Karlie Kloss with glowing words about the model.
‘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. Reluctantly, we agreed she would leave the brand at the end of her contract. Karlie is one of a kind, a very close friend, someone I truly admire and love. She is, without question, one of the best models ever. But she is an even better person. Her future is unlimited, and I am excited to see all the good she will do. Karlie Kloss will always be an Angel to me,’ Ed Razek, senior creative executive for Victoria’s Secret, said in confirming the Friday night rumor.