Exclusive: Victoria’s Secret Model Sanne Vloet Is In The Philippines, Exploring Charitable Endeavors With Bantay Bata 163
In November last year, New York-based Dutch model Sanne Vloet walked the runway for Victoria’s Secret, wearing a champagne and gold corset lingerie with strappy heels that went all the way up to her thighs. This angel’s “wings,” in majestic gold, were tree branches flocked by birds. This was Sanne’s third time to be cast for the prestigious fashion show, which she’s been modeling for since 2015.
Born in Donkerbroek, Netherlands, the 5’11” blonde and blue-eyed leggy model has had a successful career as a gymnast prior to becoming a professional model. She auditioned for the talent variety show Holland’s Got Talent to showcase her skills as a gymnast, but she wound up getting discovered by a model scout.
Just like any other model, Sanne started out doing minor print shoots and runway shows until she was cast to walk for the show of Oscar de la Renta at New York Fashion Week in 2014. The following year, this big break led to a bigger opportunity to model for Victoria’s Secret. Her modeling career now includes cover and inside features on international fashion magazines like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Allure, Elle, Interview, and V magazine as well as ad campaigns for Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani, Michael Kors, and cK One by Calvin Klein.
Sanne, who currently has more than 206,000 followers on Instagram, is also working on beefing up her YouTube channel. Just yesterday, she posted a video of her experience in Shanghai, China, post-Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show last year. Sanne is bent on becoming a vlogger, and says she’ll be “putting up videos weekly.”
As her latest YouTube video showed, she sure lives a life filled with glitz and glamor, but on the day of this interview, Sanne—in her plain white shirt, black and white printed pants, and barely-there makeup—looked beautiful in her utter simplicity. This time, the spotlight goes not to her face or body, but her big heart. Looking to find ways to maximize her stay in the Philippines through charitable endeavors, Sanne found herself in the office of ABS-CBN’s Bantay Bata 163 foundation.
The model welcomed 2018 in the Philippines, particularly at the beautiful El Nido, Palawan. While exploring, she accidentally got hurt by the coral reefs. Since she was in an island, it was difficult to have access to proper medication. That experience was an eye-opener of sorts that made her realize the difficulties some people have to live with and the privileges they couldn’t enjoy, like access to education or medical assistance. This prompted her to go out of her way to find ways to be of help to others.
During her visit to the Bantay Bata 163 office, Metro.Style got to exclusively chat with Sanne about the Philippines, being a Victoria’s Secret model, and her well curated Instagram feed:
Metro.Style: What brings you to the Philippines?
Sanne Vloet: I came here actually for vacation. I love Asia and I’ve been to a lot of places, but many friends of mine have traveled to the Philippines and they said [it has] the best beaches in the world. And I want to go on an adventure, that’s why I chose the Philippines. And it turned out, it was really funny, I have a lot of friends or family and everyone had relatives in the Philippines. A lot of people I know, I didn’t know, were half Filipino. So, they all recommended [it] to me.
MS: Do you agree that Philippines has some of the world’s best beaches?
SV: Yeah, I’d have to say—really good, really nice ones. The days when it wasn’t raining, I enjoyed it a lot.
MS: You could’ve just had a vacation here but you wanted to do some charity works. Why so?
SV: Because I traveled a lot already, and I lived in Zimbabwe before—I traveled for work, for pleasure—and I’ve seen a lot of different kinds of things like poverty, problems. With the social platform I have right now, I would love to do something with it actually. When I bumped into the reef and I had a big wound and I [needed] medication, [since] it was a little island, it was not possible. No doctors. It made me realize as well that it’s not as easy everywhere to get good access [to that]. You know, I was lucky enough to take a boat the next day, go to the doctor, and buy everything [I needed]. But for a lot of people, it’s not that easy.
MS: So you lived in Zimbabwe before?
SV: Yeah. I was there until I was six. My parents both worked in the hospital as physical therapists, and we traveled a lot around as well.
MS: Being a Victoria’s Secret model is probably one of the most prestigious titles for a model. Did you feel like your life completely changed when you became a Victoria’s Secret model?
SV: I have to say that it changed well after Victoria’s Secret. There was a lot more publicity so obviously, that kind of really changed also in the business. More people know you, but I think that’s a really great thing so I can turn that awareness into something else.
MS: Your Instagram feed is very impressive. Do you think Instagram presence is something essential for a model?
SV: I think Instagram now is really, really important. It’s not just about the face anymore [or] what brands you use. It’s really about personality, something that is really important. People wanna see that.
MS: How do you plan your Instagram feed?
SV: I just try to do post everyday, just whatever I’m doing that day.
Interview by Jenica Chuahiock / Photographs by Heintje Mendoza