Doutzen Kroes was born on January 23, 1985, in Eastermar, Friesland, Netherlands. She is the daughter of Geartsje Leistra and Johan Kroes. Doutzen's mother served as a nurse and later as a teacher, while her father worked as a psychotherapist. Also, in the 1970s, Geartsje Leistra and Johan Kroes were both champion speed skaters.
Doutzen has a younger sister, Rens.