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Sylvie Meis
Sylvie van der Vaart 2012.jpg
Meis in 2012
Sylvie Françoise Meis

(1978-04-13) 13 April 1978 (age 40)
Breda, Netherlands
Spouse(s)Rafael van der Vaart (2005–2013)
Modeling information
Height1.58 m (5 ft 2 in)[1]
Hair colorDark blonde[1]
Eye colorBlue-gray[1]
AgencyANC Model Management[1]

Sylvie Françoise Meis[2] (born 13 April 1978) is a Dutch television personality and model of Dutch East Indies origin.[3] She is also popular in Germany.


  • 1 Career
    • 1.1 Netherlands
    • 1.2 Germany
  • 2 Personal life
  • 3 Filmography
  • 4 Television and media appearances
  • 5 Awards
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links



Sylvie Meis graduated from the University of West Brabant (Dutch: Hogeschool West-Brabant)[4] Aged 18, she decided that she wanted to be a model and was cast for various shoots by casting agencies.[vague] After becoming interested in television, she gained popularity through assignments at FoxKids and music station TMF.[5] She hosts several events at TMF, such as presenting the annual TMF-awards, and conducting interviews with international artists such as Britney Spears and Kylie Minogue. In addition, she features in video clips and the Dutch TV-series Costa [nl]. She also introduced the Pure by Sylvie jewellery line to the Dutch market. Thereafter, she hosted the 2008 FIFA World Player of the Year award ceremony.

After being elected the Netherlands' Sexiest Female in 2003,[6] she started a relationship with then Ajax footballer Rafael van der Vaart. Due in part to the fame from their individual careers, they soon became the Netherlands' most famous "football couple". Their fame grew after their marriage on 10 June 2005 and live coverage of the wedding on SBS6, a Dutch television channel, with the broadcast gaining high ratings in the Netherlands; Sylvie took Rafael's last name, van der Vaart.


Meis and her then husband moved to Germany when he left Ajax to play for Bundesliga football club Hamburger SV. After her husband's 2008 transfer to Real Madrid, the van der Vaarts moved to Spain. Between 2008 and 2011, she was a judge on Das Supertalent, the German version of Simon Cowell's Got Talent series. In 2010 she took part in the third season of the German equivalent of Strictly Come Dancing, called Let's Dance. On 17 April 2010, Meis replaced the usual Deutschland sucht den Superstar judge Nina Eichinger for the final of the 7th season, after the latter was stuck in Los Angeles following flight restrictions as a result of the 2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull.[7][8] Between 2011 and 2017 Meis has been hosting the show Let's Dance together with Daniel Hartwich. In 2018 she was replaced by former participant Viktoria Swarovski and instead returned to Das Supertalent as a judge. [5]

Following in the footsteps of famous entertainers such as Johannes Heesters and Rudi Carell, Meis is one of the most successful Dutch personalities active in Germany.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Meis is of partly Indo-European descent, her father being Dutch-Indonesian, her mother being Belgian.[10][11][12]

Meis was in a relationship with footballer Rafael van der Vaart from 2003. On 10 June 2005, Sylvie married Rafael and on 28 May 2006, their son Damián Rafael was born. Some of the media described the couple as the "new Beckhams" but both of them denied the claims saying that they prefer to just live a normal life.[13]

On 16 June 2009, she announced that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, and had undergone surgery in May 2009. She finished post-op chemotherapy and is cancer free. In the summer of 2009, Real Madrid wanted to sell Rafael van der Vaart, but the player decided to stay in Madrid because Sylvie was undergoing cancer treatments there.[14] A year later, upon his move to England, Rafael stated "She had a very serious illness and it is true that she had to be treated at the Clínica Quirón. Last season, they wanted me to leave but I couldn't leave for that reason. Now she is well and the only thing that happened was that Madrid wanted to sell and I wanted to get back to enjoying playing football, and Tottenham are a great team that are going to give me the football opportunities that I need."[14]

In 2010, Sylvie admitted to having cheated on her husband, stating that Van der Vaart found out through emails that she was having an affair with a KLM airline pilot which she believed was the beginning of the end of their marriage. On 2 January 2013, Sylvie acknowledged their separation[15] after he had struck her in front of their guests.[16] Their divorce was finalized in December 2013. On 12 April 2017, she became engaged to Charbel Aouad but the couple separated in October 2017.

She is fluent in English,[17] Dutch, and German.


Sylvie's appearances in movies
Year Title Role
2007 UV Monique[18]

Television and media appearances[edit]

Sylvie Meis has made several television appearances worldwide including:

  • Fox Kids (1999–2002, presenter)
  • MTV Netherlands (2003, VJ)
  • TMF Nederland (2003–2004, VJ)
  • Das Supertalent (2008–2011, judge)
  • Let's Dance (2010, participant)
  • Let's Dance (2011–2017, presenter)
  • Wedden dat ik het kan [nl] (2016, presenter)
  • Das Supertalent (since 2018, judge)


  • 2003: the Netherlands' Sexiest Female[6]
  • 2011: Media Women of the Year[19]
  • 2012: Bayerischer Fernsehpreis (together with Daniel Hartwich)[20]