Romee Strijd is from Zoetermeer, Holland, a suburb of both The Hague and Rotterdam. She was born on 19 July 1995, which makes her a Cancer.
Lots of people pronounce Romee's name wrong. It is Roe-may Stri-de. If you simply say Stride, you'll be really close, just let the "i" in "Stride" glide a little bit. And, put the accent on the second part of her first name - RoeMAY Striiide. That's just an approximation, so don't get upset if it's not exact. Believe me, I know all about difficult-to-pronounce names with a "j" that people just can't get quite right, but make the effort and Romee will appreciate it.
Romee was shopping one Saturday with her mom in Amsterdam when she was discovered. She didn't bite right away - she says she was shy - but Romee thought about it a bit and then gave the agent a call.
Getting her first major bookings at a young age was not overwhelming to Romee because she didn't appreciate how fantastic her success was:
I’d be in Paris to walk in a Louis Vuitton show without even appreciating what a big deal that is. So I don’t think I felt the pressure in the same way that I might have if I’d been older.
Romee got her first booking with Victoria's Secret through her agency. She says that she was in shock that they would be interested in her.
Romee first walked in the big show in 2014. She was an instant hit.
Victoria's Secret liked Romee so much that they made her an Angel the following year.
To date, Romee Strijd has walked in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Victoria's Secret Fashion Shows. She is a pretty good bet to walk in quite a few more, too.
Among other achievements, Romee was on the inaugural cover of Dutch Vogue. Usually when that happens, it is just the start of a very long association with the publication. It would not be surprising to see Romee on the 10th Anniversary cover, for instance.
Romee's top covers include:
- October, The Edit (Bjorn Iooss), USA
- June, Style, USA
- May, Vogue Netherlands (Quintin de Briey), Vogue Spain
Fellow Dutch lingerie legend and Angel Doutzen Kroes gave Romee some advice upon signing her contract:
She told me to stay cool and try to enjoy it all. Doutzen is a real inspiration, but I think everybody has to approach modeling their own way.
Romee told Fashionista that her first appearance at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in London was hard to top:
The first time was all so new, I didn't know what to expect. I got to see all of the Angels for real for the first time. From that point, everything happened so fast: I became an Angel myself! It happened two months after the show. I never expected it — I was 19 years old, and I never thought they'd [give a contract to] someone my age.
The 2014/2015 year was a time of transition for Victoria's Secret. Several stalwarts like Doutzen Kroes, Erin Heatherton and Miranda Kerr made their final strolls down the runway (and several others may have, such as Karlie Kloss, we shall see). On the flip side, many now-familiar faces began sparkling careers. Aside from Romee, these included Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and many others.
Since first walking in the 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, Romee has walked for Chanel, Balmain, Moschino, Fendi, and other top brands.
Nothing compares to wearing those Angel wings, though.
In September 2016, Romee walked for Alexander Wang. She said it was a "cool brand." Not to slight the others that she walked for, including Michael Kors, which also are mighty cool.
Romee is friends with Taylor Hill, and they appeared together in the fall 2015 Juicy Couture campaign. Always nice when you can work with your buds.
Of course, Romee is friends with many of the Angels and other Victoria's Secret models now. But, at heart, she's still just an ordinary girl like everyone else.
Below, Romee with Behati Prinsloo. Renee spent the week before New Year's 2017 in Trancoso, Brazil with Lais Ribeiro and Jasmine Tookes. Nice, huh? That's what you get for being one of the world's top models.
Romee is very popular on Twitter and Instagram. Her Twitter account is incredibly active, but she doesn't have a ton of followers yet, so go sign up!
- Eye Color – Blue
- Measurements – (US) 31-23-33
- Dress Size – (US) 31-23-33
Romee is friends with fellow Victoria's Secret Angels Martha Hunt and Sara Sampaio, as well as runway model Daphne Groeneveld, who celebrated Romee's 22nd birthday with her in July 2017.