Hot on the (very high, very shiny) heels of the PEOPLE-exclusive news that Karlie Kloss has left Victoria’s Secret, word comes that another Angel is turning in her wings. Doutzen Kroes, 30, a seven-year vet of the Angels, left the brand quietly in December — and they’re just now addressing her exit.
As he did when the news of Kloss’s departure broke, Victoria’s Secret president and chief marketing officer Ed Razek took to Instagram to address fan questions. “After I posted the news about Karlie Kloss leaving VS I got a number of texts asking me why I hadn’t said anything about Doutzen leaving at the end of last year. Fair question,” he writes. “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 [sic] 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.”
So though Kloss and Kroes remain on the Victoria’s Secret Angel page, there’s no doubt that there will need to be some new (beautiful, well-coiffed) faces on the site soon.