As one of the smallest countries in the world, we’re not that visible on the worldmap, but the more we are ‘celebrity land’. It all started by our famous painters, which get famous all over the world. You can’t open an history of art-book anymore without seeing a several of Dutch artworks. For ages a a respectful list of artists, actors, singers, DJs, artists and fashion models took their career to a next level abroad.
Dutch actors in America
A couple of Dutch actors took the leap to America and started acting in hit series or movies. They managed to leave all the competition behind them. You almost can’t believe they’re not American because they practiced on their best American accents and scored a role in one of the biggest hit parades of the moment: Game of Thrones. We’re talking about Carice van Houten (Melisandre of Asshai) and Michiel Huisman (Daario Naharis).
American dance career
After the talent show So You Think You Can Dance, Timor Steffens (winner of the first season) made it to a dance career in America. One of the highlights of his career was his role as one of the background dancers at Michael Jackson’s last tour. Sadly the tour never really started because of Michael Jackson’s sudden death. Still Timor danced in the tribute show to Michael Jackson.
Beautiful Dutch Angels
Also in the fashion scene Dutch models and designers are doing great. Besides the beautiful Doutzen Kroes, who did campaigns for almost every big brand you can think off. Have you ever heard of Lara Stone, Bregje Heinen and Kim Noorda? They, and many other girls, are very successful in the fashion industry. Besides modeling the Dutch can be called revolutionary designers. Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen was the first designer who created a 3Dd-printed water dress. She has won many awards and people consider her as one of the best Dutch fashion designers in the present day time.
Top list of Dutch DJs
Never a country has had so many rankings of best DJ of the world as the Netherlands. The worldwide scene is, of course, full of talent from every corner of the globe. But when you take a close look at those who are really leading the way, it shows that strong competition from German, Swedish and French DJs hasn’t toppled the combined supremacy of the Dutch. Tiësto, Armin van Buuren and Hardwell are the Dutch DJs who made it till number one DJ of the world. Also in 2015 and 2016 DJ number 1 is a DJ with Dutch blood, named Martin Garrix. This prodigy has seen his meteoric rise continue right through 2015/2016. With his age of 20 years old, he’s the youngest DJ ever who made it to this level.
Famous because of the looks
Sometimes people get famous in a strange way. Last year the Dutch singer Tim Douwsma went viral after his entry during the Eurovision Song contest. He just named the points of the Dutch votes for the competitive countries. During and after the broadcast he was a high rated search as ‘hot Dutch guy Eurovision Song contest’. Not the way he hoped to become famous I’m afraid.
* The cover picture is a painting from one of our greatest artists in history; Rembrandt van Rijn. You can admire lots of his works in the ‘Rijksmuseum’ of Amsterdam.