Dutch model Doutzen Kroes may be one of the highest paid models now, but it wasn't instant and the model has remembered her struggle to get work when she was first sent to New York City by her agency in Amsterdam. Doutzen recalls that it was a very lonely period and it was quite difficult at the time: "I lived in an apartment for models in the Meatpacking District, which back then was a place filled with all sorts of people that you couldn’t even look in the eye. I wasn’t booking jobs, and I was very lonely. There’s a Dutch saying that my mother had always told me: 'You’re not made out of salt,' so being tough and very disciplined helped. The success that people see now took a long time to achieve."
Everything turned around when she shot her first Italian Vogue cover and worked with famed photographer Steven Meisel. She says that suddenly everyone wanted to work with her: "My 2005 cover shoot with Steven Meisel for Italian Vogue. When that issue came out, everything changed. All of a sudden everyone wanted to work with me. Meisel is the godfather of fashion and photography. It opened up my eyes to how the industry works—it’s very important to do editorial. And then signing as a Victoria’s Secret angel opened so many doors."
Speaking on where she would like to be in the future, Doutzen comments that she doesn't have plans but may try acting: "I have no idea! Ten years ago, I had no idea I’d be here. Maybe I’ll do movies—I dream of working with particular directors—or maybe I’ll just live someplace quiet where I can grow my own vegetables."