Another Angel is heaven-bound.
Doutzen Kroes began modeling for Victoria’s Secret in 2004 and has been an Angel since 2008, but the lingerie brand confirmed Tuesday that she is stepping down and retiring her wings.
The blonde Dutch bombshell quietly retired from Victoria’s Secret in December after the annual fashion show, and the chief marketing officer of Victoria’s Secret, Ed Razek, spoke out about Kroes leaving in an Instagram post this week.
“After I posted the news about @karliekloss leaving VS I got a number of texts asking me why I hadn’t said anything about Doutzen @doutzen leaving at the end of last year. Fair question. The simple answer is I should have. 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.”
Kroes, who Forbes estimated earned $8 million in one year, left because of a packed schedule after six years with Victoria’s Secret. (RELATED: Here Is Every Great Photo From The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show)
Let the tears commence. (RELATED: Did No One But Us Notice This Victoria’s Secret Angel’s Nip Slip?)