There’s something special about Holland. Season upon season, some of the world’s great visual highlights emerge from the Low Countries. There’s incredible understated beauty to be found in the fashion figures of Amsterdam. To celebrate this, Mira Mira asked Martien Mellema, Creative Director of Vogue Netherlands, to select her 10 favourite Dutch models. These are the faces that define Dutch style.
MM: She’s our absolute number one. It's very special to see her growing as a person and as a model. From the start, when she was on the cover of the first Elle Girl issue, and now all the other directions she has gone in. I’ll never forget the moment we met. She arrived at the set after a train trip, looking grumpy in her Lara-way, but wasn’t grumpy at all. My first love.
MM: From her first shoot for Glamour, and the very first exclusive Vogue Netherland shoot, visiting her family in Marrakech, and playing football with her friends. Again, a girl with a great personality.
MM: She represents the romantic, poetic side that Dutch girls really have. Rianne is finding her way on her own, staying true to herself. Her freckles, hair and ballerina body are things I really like about her.
MM: From her start at Elle Girl, I’ve seen her grow from a girl to a woman to a mother. She's turned from a mere model into a personality, with her naughty and humorous side. Her eye for side projects is special too, like the charity organization for elephants she supports.
MM: This girl has such great sex appeal. She became an Angel, and then turned into a real NYC star. However, she's stayed true to her Dutch roots.
MM: The artist, the beauty and the performer – Saskia has got it all. She proves that a model can be more than just a beauty, with her art inspired Instagram and the wonderful book she made.
MM: She developed from a girl to a woman in front of the camera. Nimuë combines intellect and beauty, and keeps surprising me as a model.
MM: A beautiful person and a unique personality with so much energy! Bette is typical Dutch in her behaviour, and so down-to-earth. She is now pregnant with her second child. I wish her all the luck in the world.
MM: I call Marjan my 'fashion daughter'. Her energy, her confidence, her no-nonsense approach, her transformation and the way she enjoys her job. She’s naughty, she’s fun and she’s energetic.
MM: She really intrigues me and makes me curious about who she is. She's a creative energy, that’s for sure. Most importantly, Kiki is having fun at what she does, and that shows. Photographs © Mario Testino