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Kroes is expecting a girl — and maybe a future president!

Dutch supermodel Doutzen Kroes has a weird job. She’s paid to walk the runway in skimpy lingerie and embody whatever it means to be a Victoria’s Secret Angel. She’s good at it. In fact, she made Forbes’ list of top-earning models in 2012. But she doesn’t want the same thing for her daughter.

Kroes is expecting a girl with her husband, Dutch DJ Sunnery James. And she’s hoping to instill values in her daughter that aren’t all about long blonde hair and a teeny-tiny waist.

“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,” Kroes told the New York Post.  

“Though I love my job, I’m not changing the world. I’d love for her to study and to have different aspirations,” she continued. “We need to teach girls they can become presidents, and it’s not about beauty all the time.”

How great is that? A Victoria’s Secret model hopes that her daughter will grow up to be a world leader, and not just have perfect teeth. Although a handful of supermodel kids have had success following in their parent’s footsteps, we’re excited to see what other opportunities lie ahead for Kroes‘ daughter. Obviously, her mom’s got brains.

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  1. That’s an inelltigent answer to a difficult question xxx

  2. I think it’s a good thought, but all I can think is that her daughter is going to go to a friends house and that friends mother will call the friend beautiful. If I was her daughter, I would be confused and upset that my mother had never called me beautiful. I would wonder if I was beautiful or if my mother thought I was beautiful, or if she loved me enough to even just call me beautiful even though she didn’t think I was. When I compliment a friend on their appearance, I always include two other compliments (usually mentioning a personality trait and a talent) so that they know they have more to offer the world than just their looks.

  3. The focus needs to change off of beauty. It’s all good and well to preach about loving ourselves and saying we’re all beautiful, but it’s like the white elephant: I’m gonna tell you not to think about it. So what are you gonna think about it? You’re gonna think about not thinking it.
    There’s a lot of energy going into making/”helping” people love themselves, but I think it’s just treating a symptom of something bigger, a belief instilled in us, that we “need” to be beautiful. I think time is better spent changing our beliefs. Kroes is off to a good start :)

  4. So respectable!

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