Winonah de Jong is not a fan of the term ‘football wife’

Winonah de Jong is not a fan of the term ‘football wife’

Winonah de Jong is married to footballer Nigel de Jong, but rather no football wife called. “I am the wife of a footballer, that’s true, only I can’t do well against that image.”

“Stupid and lazy, and the whole day at the shop. I will not say that they do not exist, but I’m so not in the life,” says the 35-year-old De Jong in conversation with The newspaper de Volkskrant.

The Young spends her days not to shop, but to her own fashion label, Winonah, where she designs and also owner of. In the fashion world, she is regularly confronted with discrimination.

“I notice it when I models books. That is each time a nightmare. I am brown and I make clothes for everyone. For brown girls who recognize my brand. When I am with a modeling agency ask for brown models, they say that they are one or two, I’ll join”, says De Jong.


The designer is looking for “a certain look” and has blonde models all choice, but brown models is that not the case. “The answer of the modeling agencies, every time: there is no question, therefore we have them not. Or they decide for me that the dark women that they are not good enough and they are shifting their own favorites to the front. That is absolutely brutal.”

The Young will find it “not okay” that dark models are not in the files of agencies sit. “There are plenty of beautiful dark women in the world.”

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