Cut the strawberries into bite-size pieces, then place in a small bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons sugar.
Break the meringues into different sizes for texture – large chunks, bite-size pieces, and dust.
For the whipped cream: In a mixer bowl fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk together cream, vanilla, and 2 tablespoons sugar until soft peaks form. Avoid overbeating.
To serve, choose one of the following options:
Layer meringues, strawberries, and cream in a large trifle bowl or 4-6 individual serving dishes.
Gently fold strawberries and meringues into the whipped cream and place mixture in serving dishes. Serve immediately.